Commonwealth Journal

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November 27, 2013

Reasons for Thanks

Somerset —

November is a contemplative month. Cold weather begins to keep us indoors more and holidays like Thanksgiving invite us to think about the many things for which we are thankful.
When we ask folks what they are thankful for, we often hear many of the same answers. Most often, people tell us they are thankful for their friends, their families and their faith, for their good health and for being able to live in a great country. Each of these represent truly important parts of our lives and are things for which we should certainly be grateful.
I wanted to take a slightly different approach this year, so I challenged people in our community and people from other parts of Kentucky and beyond (Yes, Virginia, there is a big world out there) to think about and share with me some things they were truly thankful for that were not related to family, friends, faith or good health. I have heard from people in Pulaski County, from Lexington and Latonia, and from the Buckeye State, the Golden State, the Old Dominion and even from far off Kathmandu. 
Several people mentioned indoor plumbing, and I am old enough to have used an outhouse, so I heartily share their gratitude. Other labor saving devices were listed, and when we look back to a time when rugs were beaten by hand, laundry took all of one day and part of the next, and folks had to make their own clothes, kill and dress their own meat and bake their own bread, the value of the humble vacuum cleaner, the washer and dryer, the refrigerator and the microwave, not to mention power tools, really becomes apparent. 
Others gave thanks for the nation’s farmers, who labor to feed us all. I would agree and would add my thanks to the nation’s truck drivers, railroad workers and airline employees whose job it is to move the food, the products, and the people where they all need to go.

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