What Are You Thankful For?

The holiday season is a good time to reflect.

The holidays always make me look back at the last year and wonder where it went. I remember being a kid, and how a few days, or a few weeks seemed to last forever. A school year? Eternity.

It doesn't seem like that long ago that we were buried under the snow of last winter's weekly storms. But here we are, at Christmastime again.

I've been thinking lately what I'm thankful for, and I have a lot to be thankful for this year. My first niece was born healthy and happy in May. I live in a cozy home on a dirt road. Puppy teeth do eventually fall out (that's my dog, Rudy in the photo at right). I'm getting to see many loved ones this holiday season.

What about you? Share what you're thankful for in the comments section.

Don Helverson December 25, 2011 at 11:16 PM
I had three German Wirehaired Pointers: Harpo, who died of parvovirus, Zora who stole hearts faster than a drum roll, and Poco, who resembled a pointer more than his bearded ancestors, a natural companion of the first order--tough, rough, and gentle at all the right moments. He bounded from the back of my van one time when gangbangers decided to break in. I was a completely distracted father, bottle-feeding my daughter, and I was caught by surprise. The gangsters were reaching for my bag with radio, wallet, and camera and, instead, got a full-on mouthful of Hell from Poco. He didn't bark until he'd mostly removed the nose of the first criminal to enter the van. Then he sounded off, and the others ran like the cowards they were, leaving their friend to carry his nose himself and stumble his way to freedom from my protective animal. He was the best protection I've ever had. Another time, he jumped in front of a porcupine I couldn't see in the pitch black night, catching its tail of quills in his face several times to keep me safe. I still haven't completely let go of the hold that dog had on my soul. Great to see your little champ in this photo! They are amazing pets, terrific all-terrain hunters, and they have webbed feet for swimming. Don't let the "cute" fool you, the Germans use these dogs for everything from hunting to guarding. Zora, by the way, used to put away her toys.
Karla Vallance December 26, 2011 at 04:42 AM
I'm thankful for the balmy fall and early winter we had in New England this year. Well, except for that freak late October snowstorm.


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