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Old 11-26-15, 02:26 PM
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I'm Thankful!

Thankful for everything I have!

For my beautiful wife - Dr. Marlene Tejada Thomas
For my daughter - Shana
For my son-in-law - Mac
For my grandson - Tanner Morgan
For my nieces and nephews - Diane, Bea, Rhustan, Jamie, Steven, David, Jeff and Steven

For all my friends

Thankful for the United States and the honor I had to serve my country!
Thankful for all our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines and my fellow Veterans!
Thankful to the Police and Fire Departments that serve with honor and dignity!

For bikeforums.net and other places I hang out on occasion with like minded folks on the web.
Thankful to have a nice bike.

Happy Thanksgiving!
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Old 11-26-15, 03:00 PM
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I agree we the a lot of what you have said. We live in a wonderful place, with many folks to thank!

i do not disagree with anything, just would need to change a few names.
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Old 11-26-15, 10:50 PM
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I agree there is so much to be thankful for. The sacrifices that many have made such that I can enjoy so much - it makes me think that sooner or later I will be called upon to give, perhaps even sacrifice and I shall choose to do so gratefully.
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Old 11-26-15, 11:06 PM
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Thankful to be alive. Thankful to be so blessed in so many ways. Thankful to be a cyclist.
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Old 11-26-15, 11:23 PM
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In bicycling-specific stuff alone, I'm thankful for Wayne, the fellow who gave me a lift a few weeks ago when I had a flat and no pump, and couldn't walk the bike home because the tire kept rolling off the rim. And he offered a ride again a few days ago when I got caught in the rain. I thanked him but said I wanted to test the new tires on wet roads anyway, the evening was warm, and I was already soaked and didn't want to mess up his truck with my soggy clothes. But I'm going to try to remember his kindness and generosity every time a driver is a bit rude, right hooks me or passes uncomfortably close.
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Old 11-30-15, 09:53 AM
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I turned 50 in August. As a gift to myself, I rode my bike from Victoria, BC to St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. And without the loving support of my wife and daughter, who held down the fort while I was gone, I could not have made the journey. So I am thankful for them, allowing me to have a most awesome summer! I served in the worlds finest Navy for nearly 10 years. I am thankful for all veterans, those still with us and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. I am also thankful for the families, because without their support, we wouldn't have veterans. I now reside in Canada, but I can say that even though both countries have their problems, we still live in 2 of the best countries in the world, and that we should be thankful for. I'd say I am also thankful to be able to celebrate Thanksgiving twice every year. (October Canada, November USA) So much great food to eat!
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A year ago November 24th, my 48 year old son with the profound physical and developmental disability had just been released from the hospital ICU after severe water deprivation from his caregiver almost caused his death. This Thanksgiving he ate with my other son, daughter-in-law, wife and me, smiling the whole time, well-nourished and hydrated by his new caregiver. One of the best Thanksgivings ever.
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A year ago November 24th, my 48 year old son with the profound physical and developmental disability had just been released from the hospital ICU after severe water deprivation from his caregiver almost caused his death. This Thanksgiving he ate with my other son, daughter-in-law, wife and me, smiling the whole time, well-nourished and hydrated by his new caregiver. One of the best Thanksgivings ever.
That is a blessing and joy that will provide a lifetime of wonderful memories!

I took care of a brother who was profoundly deaf, mildly autistic and special needs. Mom came down with dementia and could no longer care for him. A brother and sister did not want the responsibility. I was very upset with the way the brother was treating him. Moved him into an upstairs office at his home that was so small that you could not walk around a queen bed and his clothes were all in paper sacks. While at his home (where he and Mom had lived for most of his life) was his bedroom with nice furniture and a closet. All of his surrounding for the past 45 years. I was livid.

I moved him home and stayed with him for almost five years. The Monday before Thanksgiving 2012 he and I went shopping in Costco. We had finished and loaded everything into the car. He put the cart away and came back and sat down in the passenger seat. He fell over backwards into my arms. He passed away in my car from a massive heart attack.

It has been a few years, but I miss him. I can now say I have more wonderful memories of our five years together than I do of that dreadful night.

I'm so very thankful that he and I had that time together. He is gone, but his memory is as vivid as ever.
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Feel fully blessed for many of the same reasons as in most all of those posts above, especially my wife and children. All these stories of our blessings, and that we can give thanks for them makes me feel better about things, not too much going on in the world does this right now.

Thanks for starting this thread, Frank, it made me stop and consider how many blessings I have, and to be thankful for all of them, and to be thankful for my friends here at BF/50+.

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Four years ago I was able to spend some quality time with my father after he was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. He asked my stepmother to take my artist wife out for a photoshoot of local fall colors in Springville UT (Provo suburb) so that we could talk privately to "clear the air." When he told me he was sorry for any mistakes he might have made in raising me and my younger brother, I reassured him that he was talking to "one of the most fortunate and happy SOBs he would ever meet."
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Four years ago I was able to spend some quality time with my father after he was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. He asked my stepmother to take my artist wife out for a photoshoot of local fall colors in Springville UT (Provo suburb) so that we could talk privately to "clear the air." When he told me he was sorry for any mistakes he might have made in raising me and my younger brother, I reassured him that he was talking to "one of the most fortunate and happy SOBs he would ever meet."
Wow, what a wonderful blessing your Dad gave you.
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