1. Family and Friends – We have lived in this community for over 27 years now. We chose this area to raise our children and put down roots. Along the way, we have met hundreds and hundreds of wonderful people who have shaped our family, supported our growth and given of themselves for our benefit. I’m sure that we are not the only people to experience this. Our community is built on the philosophy of being a good neighbor and helping each other out. What a wonderful place to raise a family.
2. Our Professional Community – From the Police to the Fire Department to the Teachers to our Healthcare system, there are so many people who work behind the scenes to insure our peace, health, education and safety. While many communities across our country deal with unrest and fear, we enjoy being able to walk to our cars alone in the parking lots, jog on our streets at dusk and even leave our cars unlocked on occasion because we feel a sense of safety and security. We know that our emergency, and healthcare providers are professional and care about us and our families should we need them. We know that they will go the extra mile or even risk their lives for ours should the need arise.
3. Community Business Relationships – I am thankful for the neighborly feel when I enter a store or call for work on my car and the person that greets me knows my name. I am thankful that I can trust those I do business with. I love it when I go to a restaurant and the server knows how I like my tea. This doesn’t happen in the big city nearly as much. I am thankful for the people that have served this community for so many years in the businesses that we all use and need.
4. Beauty – We live in a gorgeous area. I love the lakes, river, snow covered hills and the fall vista from the ski-jump. Sure, it is cold at times, (lots of times, ok lots of times), but the beauty, and the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors far outweighs a little extra snow in April. When my friends and family visit from out of state, they always comment on how fresh the air is and they are amazed at night when they can hear the frogs singing in the summer. They also cannot believe that they can see the stars in the night sky.
5. Generous People – As you know, I have dealt with cancer. (you can read my story here) I am involved with cancer charities, such as Bras For The Cause, as well as food pantries, Dental Lifeline with the Michigan Dental Association, Give Kids A Smile Organization, Almost Home Humane Society, and many more fine charitable causes. When you give to other people, you are the one that receives the most. I am blessed by the generosity I see firsthand in our community toward these and other good causes. The people in this community have big hearts and that inspires the same in the generation to come. Isn’t that wonderful?
So, at this time of year for especially expressing gratitude, I want to publicly express my gratitude for this community. Thanks for reading this. I hope you’ll comment with some of the reasons you can think of to be thankful for our community.
Happy Thanksgiving and may the holiday season be wonderful for you, your family and your friends.
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