Reasons To Be Thankful, Big and Small


Intrepid families who wake up to run 5Ks on Thanksgiving. Drowsy families who look at each other across the room and decide, without uttering a single word, to sleep in.

Phlebotomists who can find a spiderlike vein quickly.

A fire pit on a crisp night, tray of graham crackers, Hershey's and marshmallows at the ready.

Finding that gift you know will surprise and delight a kid who aged out of surprise and delight.

People-watching on a Sunday in the company of a perfect snarky companion.

Dogs. That's it, just dogs. Fine, cats, too.

Those helping families power through these dire economic times. Those who stepped up to help and inform Hurricane Ian survivors: the rescue workers, the journalists, the rebuilders. Those who lost so much, who have so little to be thankful for this year yet are still doing their best.


The fact that hurricane season is almost over.

The fact that election season is almost over.

All of you. Yes, all of you. Even you, over there. Yes, you. No, not her. You. You know who you are. Thank you.


Stephanie Hayes is a columnist at the Tampa Bay Times in Florida. Follow her at @stephhayes on Twitter or @stephrhayes on Instagram.

Copyright 2022 Creators Syndicate Inc.



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