One of the things I like best about Facebook is that, every day thus far in November, several of my friends have posted on their wall something they’re thankful for.  I didn’t join in, but I did keep a gratitude list.  I hereby share it with
you in this newspaper where I’m grateful to be a weekly columnist.

November 1:  a faded but still lovely bouquet of zinnias

November 2:  friends who love books

November 3:  a near-miss instead of a wreck on a busy highway in Kentucky

November 4:  analog clocks

November 5:  a shed filled with firewood

November 6:  democracy, despite its flaws

November 7:  the staff at the Putnam County Election Commission

November 8:  country roads in autumn

November 9: “The Poisonwood Bible” on audiotape

November 10:  tailgating at Tennessee Tech football games

November 11:  veterans

November 12:  rain falling soft upon my fields

November 13:  church ladies, quietly doing good

November 14:  a bald eagle perched in my walnut tree

November 15:  Jere Whitson Elementary School

November 16:  my torch-red Ford Mustang

November 17:  celebratory champagne

November 18:  the Great Smoky Mountains

November 19:  that the driver who plowed through my pasture fence and flipped her car wasn’t badly injured

November 20:  that my horses didn’t escape when the aforementioned driver knocked my fence down

November 21:  grandboy Eli’s first visit to Tennessee

November 22:  Indians and Pilgrims and turkey and pumpkin pie

November 23:  not shopping on black Friday

November 24: college football, even without Derek Dooley

November 25:  four-day weekends

November 26:  the Cookeville Christmas parade

November 27:  the last sliver of pumpkin pie

November 28:  a full “Frost” Moon

November 29:  turkey noodle soup

November 30:  dental insurance

Most of you “no-flies-on-me” readers have no doubt figured out that, because I wrote and sent this column in several days before it appeared in today’s paper, I
couldn’t have known whether there’d be any turkey or pumpkin pie left over from Thanksgiving dinner.  Or if tomorrow’s Christmas parade will be postponed by bad weather.  Or whether the full moon will be visible next Wednesday.

But I don’t think it’s wrong to be grateful for something wonderful that just might happen.  Try it yourself.  You might discover that your thankful list
goes on and on.

(November 25, 2012)

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