By Jan Boston Sellers
Numerous folks have been placing daily posts on Facebook about what they are thankful for during these days prior to Thanksgiving. I haven’t registered any thanks on the social utility, primarily because I don’t log on every day. I was eight days behind when I realized what Facebook users were doing. So, I am going to use this medium to parcel out my thanks during this 2012 Thanksgiving season.
1. I am thankful I live in America. We may have our faults and we may have our differences, but I am supremely happy that I live in the United States.
2. I am thankful for my religious freedom. I often think about how horrible it must be to want to attend worship but be highly concerned about the consequences.
3. I am thankful I live in a democracy. Regardless of whether I win or lose on Election Day, I still have the right and the opportunity to cast my ballot for anyone I choose.
4. I am thankful for the military personnel who made and continue to make the above items possible.
5. I am thankful for my family, immediate and extended. I have wonderful, amazing parents, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles and in-laws.
6. I am thankful for our friends or the “family we choose.”
7. I am thankful for the new Lantana Motor Speedway or LMS as my husband and I refer to it. It has shaved minutes off of my morning and evening commutes.
8. I am thankful for my job and my fabulous co-workers. I feel very blessed to work not only with the people inside our building, but with the awesome teachers, principals and other faculty and staff at the schools we visit with our drug education program.
9. I am thankful for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It is one of my favorite events of the year.
10. I am thankful I am a Tennessee Vol. We may not be winning as often as I would like, but it is still “great to be a Tennessee Vol,” as the cheer goes. I am also thankful that two of my former students marching with the Pride of the Southland Band: Ryan Shanks and Leah Bell.
11. I am thankful for all the modern conveniences of life: heating and air, water and shelter.
12. I am thankful I live in a community where faith, friends and family still matter to most of us.
13. I am thankful for the gift of music. I love music, love most genres of music and can’t imagine a world without it.
My list could go on and on, but due to space limitations I shall stop. Thanksgiving is next Thursday and holiday traffic begins on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Tennessee’s roadway fatality rate is already at more than 800 for this year. So please exercise caution when traveling this holiday. Wear your safety belts. Watch out for other motorists. Don’t drink and drive. Observe the speed limits and always exercise caution so that you and yours may have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.