My grammar and syntax may be off in this writing but in this case I am writing from the heart and sometimes words, punctuation and sentence structure have to be cast aside to get the point across. Now that I have given you the preface let’s get started.
As I get older holidays are taking on a different meaning for me. When I was a kid Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year days meant toys and food. As a teenager it became gifts and food. As a young adult it became girlfriends and a different type of gift (heh, heh), oh and food of course. As a real adult with a daughter it became toys and food again and now that she is a teenager it has become something different and that is appreciation of who I am and what I have. With Thanksgiving around the corner I wanted to take the time to write a piece on what I am thankful for. First I have to thank God for all that I am, have and will become. Real talk moment, there was a time where I thought I knew more than God and even told Him as much. There were a lot of things that I decided I could do with out His approval, too many to list. Yeah I know I was pretty arrogant and all I can say is thank God for the MANY chances He has given me. If He hadn’t forgiven me or laughed at my stupidness I’d prolly already be downstairs.
I thank God for my wife, Andrea. She is an amazing woman with more love and friendship for me than I have EVER experienced. She is a true gift from God and I am grateful He chose me to be her husband.
I thank God for my Mom who did so much for me and my brother with so little. Imagine someone making five different meals a week with a couple pounds of hamburger with whatever starch we had and then trying to feed that to two little boys with different palettes. She has bent over backwards for the two of us even when we were total asses.
I thank God for my brothers and sister. They each have amazing gifts and talents. On top of that they are amazing spouses AND have awesome spouses. They have given me the opportunity to be the cool uncle I have always wanted to be. I love my nieces and nephew!
I thank God for my Dad. Dude came to the hospital with Andrea to sit with her while I am getting sawed open and having my gall bladder removed. Thank you pops.
I thank God for my extended brothers and sisters, stepson, nieces and nephews that I gained from marrying Andrea. I gained an awesome extended family and love hanging with them. It’s really cool being an extra brother/Unc where you feel the love and can return the love.
I thank God for my friends. See, I don’t have a lot of friends and that’s because I have learned over the years to choose carefully who I call a friend. Most importantly I have learned HOW to be a friend. Everyone that I call a friend and I believe that considers me a friend I have known for more than 10 years and in one case one person I have known for close to 40 years. I heard this saying years ago; “IF you are the smartest person in your group, get a new group.” I can say in honesty I am NOT the smartest person in my group.
The most important person I thank God for is Sydney. My life has been really cool, doing things that most people only get to dream of BUT being a dad has been THE best gift God has given me. I have always wanted to be a dad but I didn’t know how much it would impact me, change me and grow me. I know that sounds crazy but being a dad has helped me be a better person. Raising a baby girl into a young woman who will soon be an adult is something I WILL always cherish and appreciate.
Last, I want to say to you, I have this prayer that I recite and part of it goes like this, “I am thankful God that you have given me a great life and I can’t wait to see what else you have in store for me and my circle of people. Please continue to place your hedge of protection around my circle. Keep us close to your heart and keep the enemy on the outside of my circle. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.”
I love each and every one of you and am truly thankful that you have allowed me to be a part of your lives. Happy Thanksgiving.