- Posted November 21, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Who’s at your Thanksgiving table?
Thankful for Life & So Much More
Since last Thanksgiving so much has occurred within my own life. I have struggled and yet remain. I have faced death again, but am still alive. I have seen the wondrous beauty of a new life as my second grandchild, Alaina Dee, came into the world this past September.
Many followed my saga of discovery and recovery, which I am still going through, when my body warred with itself. Weight loss that led to lung surgery and loss of my right lung to a non-specific bacterial infection. At times this past spring I was unsure if I would rise to face another day. Yet thanks to some great medical providers, I have come through the ordeal. Some walked the journey as medically necessitated dental work led to a new set of teeth and hopefully stopped the infection from spreading to my left lung as well.
I am not sure what tomorrow may bring, but I know I can face it with the strength and help of my loved ones: Iohn, my Mom - Sharon, my sons - Dave and Kev, my daughters-in-law - Anna and Hailey, my granddaughters - Dylan and Alaina, and, of course, my babies, Frankie and Gizmo.
While time may be running out, on this Thanksgiving Eve I can truly say I am thankful for life and so much more.
For this I am thankful, that although the darkness of depression has encircled me most of my life, at the last moment as I sank beneath the billows and pressures of life there has always been a hand to reach through the tide and pull me back, resuscitate me on the peaceful shore of hope.
For this I am thankful, both of my parents are still alive. Though they haven't been together for over 30 years, they are still around to scold, to hold, to love, to disagree, to agree.
For this I am thankful, two sons who have grown into men who understand the importance of family, honor, hard work, duty and above all love. I am humbled by the men who once were my little boys.
For this I am thankful, two daughters-in-law who support, love and cherish my sons and allow the "Old Man" to communicate and visit.
For this I am thankful, two beautiful granddaughters who have a sparkle in their eyes and believe that nothing is impossible if they try. My granddaughters give me hope that the future of this world is bright.
For this I am thankful, my life partner, Iohn, who is there to lean on when the storms rage and the waves of despair, pain and madness try to snuff out the light. Iohn is there through the most difficult of times when my condition makes it all but impossible to cope. Yet, Iohn doesn't give up.
For this I am thankful, Frankie, our long-haired Chihuahua, and Gizmo, our new short-haired Chihuahua and Jack Russel terrior mix, who know just when to snuggle up to "Daddy", when the pain is so severe or the attacks have me crashing to the ground.
For this I am thankful, that I still live in a country where no matter how poor, how rich, how in-between, there is always hope and there is freedom. A nation where we may complain or praise. We may say what's on our mind without looking over our shoulder, fearful we may just disappear into the night.
For this I am thankful, the right to go to the ballot box and cast my decision on whom I believe is the right person to be a leader in the community, the state, the nation.
Yes, looking with only our mortal eyes it would seem to be that the volcanic eruptions of economic tumult are hurling lava of despair, lost hope, setting off sinkholes of depression and gloom. Yet, when we stop and look through the windows of the soul, we can see that we will overcome. We will adapt. We will move ever upward.
For this I am thankful, the valleys of life. For without the valleys how would we ever have the strength, the supplies we need to climb the mountain. At the top of the mountain thanks to the valley we traverse, we can gaze upon the promised land and see "our flag is still there".
Yes, as another Thanksgiving Day is upon is there is always something for which to be thankful.
From the Cornfield, I wish one and all a "Happy Thanksgiving" and a wish for hope, peace and the ability to see the good outweighs the bad.