Thankful, thanking

November 23, 2012 

The land of Facebook seems to be the place to air all of our thoughts, opinions, the good, the bad, the ugly.

This time of year, people are giving thanks. Some, on a daily basis.

While that’s one Facebook trend I didn’t jump on board with, I have been interested to read some of the daily musings of friends to see what “thankful” message they are sending out that day.

Some are serious; others, silly.

And, frankly, it’s all a nice little break from the election and political talk that has dominated most of this year.

Today, though, while I do count my blessings and am thankful for many things in my own life, I am taking this time to thank a few people. Because, I believe, giving thanks to others is a piece we sometimes overlook on this day.

First and foremost, I want to thank Aimee, the amazing mother of my daughter Addy, a constant source of positive energy for her and a wonderful role model.

I want to thank my parents for taking so much time with Addy during the first two years of her life.

My co-workers at the Lee’s Summit Journal and Cass County Democrat Missourian deserve more thanks than I could ever possibly communicate. I owe each one of you a deeper thanks than I can do in a column. Each of you is vital to our mission of community journalism and I appreciate each of your time and talents.

And while I am discussing the newspaper, there are thousands and thousands of loyal readers and advertisers that certainly merit a hearty thank you from me. That so many people still find value in local news and what we do isn’t lost on us at any point during the year.

I want to thank Ferrell Shuck for his decades of service to our industry.

Our community leaders in Rotary, Optimist, Kiwanis, Lions and other service organizations that quietly and consistently give back to those in need.

I’d like to thank whoever is responsible for inventing blue cheese, anything bacon-wrapped, Sunday football, coed softball and jazz music.

I would imagine some of that credit goes to the Man upstairs, so a sincere thanks to God as well.

And, of course, thank you to my daughter, Adaline Sophia. You’ve changed my life in immeasurable ways and every day is an adventure with you.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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