LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
These small and insignificant parts of life are the very things that sustain us as we desperately search to find good when all seems bad. The simplest and most incidental acts of kindness can turn an otherwise bad day into one in which joy is shared — and spreads contagiously to others.
As I reflect upon the many good things in my life, I am thankful for the memories of my childhood, gathering with aunts, uncles, cousins, and my grandmother for a family celebration that entailed the traditional holiday feasts, family gatherings with the Hedricks’ at an old fire tower off west Ky. 80 where we picnicked and played and enjoyed one another’s company and now annual family reunions with the Miller family. I am thankful for the structure and teachings that were passed down from my ancestors — of faith in God and faith in good.
I am thankful for my family, past and present, and look forward to watching my grandgirls grow up. Being a grandparent is a blessing in itself and the announcement that my daughter and son-in-law are expecting their first child in late spring is another incentive to cherish life.
My job and my co-workers here at The Sentinel-Echo are another facet of my life for which I am extremely grateful. These folks here are like family and make coming to work a pleasant experience.
But the utmost thanks is given to our Creator, who sees our faults and shortcomings and loves us unconditionally. It is only through that divine capability bestowed by His own sacrifice and unwavering love that we have the ability to do the same. I am grateful that I was raised with Christian values in a family who truly loves one another.
Although the road I have traveled in life has been far from “the straight and narrow,” even those experiences have played a role in the person that evolved and developed into who I am today. Even in the bad times, there is something to be thankful for.