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Thankful For…

As I wrote in last week’s column, I love Thanksgiving. I love the food and the low pressure of no presents and just getting the house ready (which should be done by now but I am a bit behind). Here are a few things I am thankful for:

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. From book clubs, to Christmas in July, we always have such a great time. I texted one of my friends this morning and she responded with exactly the comment I needed. A huge shout out 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 introduced him to a few people this past Sunday and they all stated that they had read a lot about him in my column. His response was snarky and said that he is going to start writing about me. Go for it, dad. Handwrite that article and go see Marianne at her office to fax it to Kevin. I cannot wait to read it.  (Editor’s note: No faxes!)

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 and I will be married 27 years on Thanksgiving Day. In true John Hanning fashion, he is celebrating this by working a double that day and all weekend.

WISH of Rockaway: I am lucky to be part of this amazing non-profit organization. We are able to pay it forward to so many people in our town and it makes me proud to be just a small part of it.

My town: I am super thankful to live in the greatest town in the world. Recently a friend of mine, Michelle Green, said something to the extent of, let’s be honest, we do not live here for the good roads and the low taxes. We live here because we have a great community. Where else would you have someone come up to you and say that each week they read my column, they think of my mom. My mom passed away in 1988, over 30 years ago. Thank you, Mrs. English, you made my day. The town is super special this year with the Harbor Light reopening. Good luck Heeran family.

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 will try to be more positive as someone recently told me my columns sound angry! (Editor’s note: no faxes!)

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving.

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