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What are you thankful for?


Let’s put our “smart” phone down and talk. According to a study in 2015 and more studies than I care to quote, you and I check our phones about every six minutes. So, if we’ve put down our phones, time’s a-wasting.

Thanksgiving Day will be here before you know it. Some of us will find ourselves in unfamiliar territory, seated next to people we’ve seen in our own homes only in passing. Couple this day with out-of-town relatives, friends, and friends of friends, it’s gonna be interesting.

In some homes, this forced closeness will create an undercurrent of excruciating tension. Perched at the table, the forced minimized texting will require actual words to be spoken at an audible level to pass the turkey or potatoes.

Within this setting, all too soon, there will begin to appear obvious signs of withdrawal from those who are seriously addicted to Facebook posting and reading, texting, Tweeting, Instagramming, game playing, and news checking.

With expanding girth, we will consume enough food to make breathing difficult. ...Once the belt is loosened at a sufficiently stuffed level, we will then be expected to use this day’s focus to express examples of particular things for which we are thankful.

My goal here is to help you and me to start practicing now. I’ll go first.

I am thankful that God has allowed me to live in Wilson County, Texas. I am thankful for you, my readers, who have allowed me to share my warped sense of humor. I am thankful for a loving missus who proofreads my ramblings. I am thankful for a Savior who does not need to explain His plan to me. I am thankful that I have more than enough.

Now, it’s your turn. ...What are you thankful for?

Warning: These musings may be serious or may be humorous. Enjoy! H.R. Grimm is a self-described lovable, prone to blunt, witty, tending toward sarcastic, saved-by-grace, constantly thinking storyteller. Grimm, a military veteran, and his wife now call La Vernia home. Email

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