I am thankful that I was born in America. (Being born in Tennessee was an added bonus.) I am grateful to live, work, play and worship in the U.S.A. I read today of the killing of my brothers and sisters in Christ that is going on in Syria, Iraq, Egypt and other Islamic states. We’re not talking about centuries old martyrdom here. This is happening right now. I can hardly fathom what that must be like. So I pray for them while I thank God that I live here. I am so grateful to be a grandfather. I have two grandsons plus Miss Molly. My little Molly loves me in a way that I cannot explain. When she runs towards me with her arms open wide and throws those arms around my neck and says, “awwwwww”. It feels like she is saying, “I love you so much and I think you’re the greatest Pops alive.” I’m not sure how long I can keep her bamboozled this way, but I’m working it as long as I can.
As I write this list, I hear a jet plane flying overhead and it reminds me of how thankful I am that I don’t have to travel during the holidays. Our kids and their kids live within 4 miles of our house. I’m not bragging because I know how quickly that can change. But in this post 9-11 world where travel is often a less than positive experience I’m grateful that “over the river and through the woods” is but a hop, skip and a jump this year.
I am grateful to have two legs that work and that I am able to run in my first half-marathon event. I am glad to play a very small role in this year’s St. Jude Memphis Marathon. I am also thankful that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is here and that our children have not needed their fine services.
I am grateful that, at the age of 15, I walked into a small town radio station and found my calling in life. For several years I roamed “town to town, up and down the dial” until I found my place in a recording studio. Then I found my calling again creating radio imaging, concert promos and syndicated radio shows. I even got to play “All Elvis All The Time” for a season. Today, as a freelance voice talent, even when I don’t have a paying gig I can narrate THE CAT IN THE HAT for my children’s children. How great is that?!
P.S. I’ve been told that listing family, friends and good health should “go without saying” but I will say it- for without the love of my wife and family, my friends ( you know who you are) and my health… this life would be like George Bailey's when he'd never been born. I am blessed.
Rick Tarrant Memphis, TN