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Shoutout  To Good Things

As I wrote a few weeks ago, I love Thanksgiving. I love the food and the low pressure of no presents, just getting the house ready (which I should be doing now but I am writing my column). A shoutout to one of the few Thanksgiving songs that I’m currently listening to is Bing Crosby: “I’ve Got Plenty to be Thankful For” from Holiday Inn. Here are a few things I am thankful for:

My town: Often when I speak about Rockaway at work, my friends are often so intrigued that my local physician was my mom’s physician (Dr. Peter Galvin), and that his wife still answers the phone when I call. There is no “press one for a human, press two if you are a medical doctor.” I know that I can call and Mrs. Galvin will answer the phone. I love our summers and riding bicycles around town, and the camaraderie we have amongst ourselves. The problems of the world seem to slip away while chatting with friends, while lounging on a beach chair, sipping a favorite beverage. 

My friends: Again, when I speak of my friends at work, not many have friends they can trace back to elementary school. I am very lucky to have a group of both old and new friends who live all around me. A huge shoutout to my friends who keep me off of the ledge all the time.

My dad: For those of my loyal readers, you know I often write about my father. I truly enjoy his text messages and trying to decipher the meaning. Sometimes I just respond with a “?” My favorite is when my friends ask: What does your dad think about the storm?  I got this text last weekend then, as if he heard them: “Could get ugly drive slow, flood warning a.m. tide keep urself. Up to date!!!!!” Yes, five exclamation points. My dad loves a nice exclamation point. Seriously though, he is the best weatherman around and is always more accurate than the forecasters. I get multiple texts when snowstorms are predicted, “What does your dad say?” I also appreciate my dad for getting me the new releases in the library and delivering them to my kitchen island. Thanks Dad, know we all appreciate you!

My family:  I am very lucky to have a great family. My daughters are super good to me and both drive, so I can boss them around to do chores for me and drive me places. My husband is a saint in that he has put up with me for over 26 years. I am thankful he will cook a scrumptious meal on Thanksgiving, but not so thankful for our deal: “He cooks, I clean.”

Kevin Boyle: I am super thankful to write for this paper and to share in a positive vibe each week. Thank you, Kevin, for giving me a platform to humor and sometimes gripe about a particular “Slice of Life.”

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving.

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