Giv­ing thanks for a lot of stuff

Belleville News-Democrat (Sunday) - - Lifestyle - BY WALLY SPIERS

It’s that sea­son again, where peo­ple like me rail against the com­mer­cial creep of Christ­mas over­whelm­ing Thanks­giv­ing.

Ac­tu­ally it’s more like a com­mer­cial tidal wave of Christ­mas as we are flooded with ad­ver­tis­ing from all sides with ev­ery­one look­ing to snatch our money dur­ing the giv­ing sea­son. How ridicu­lous is it? I saw a truck com­mer­cial the other day that sug­gested it would be a good idea to give his and her new pick­ups for Christ­mas. I guess maybe if you won the lot­tery.

But we shouldn’t give such short shrift to that up­com­ing great hol­i­day in which we over­dose on great food and foot­ball – Thanks­giv­ing.

At this time when most of us can be thank­ful that the elec­tion is over and that our houses haven’t burned in a for­est fire, it a good time to con­sider what else there is to be grate­ful for.

Like I said, I am thank­ful that the elec­tions are over, at least out­side Florida, and all that’s left are the ex­pert opin­ions of the com­men­ta­tors on what it will mean in the new year.

Now that I am of re­tire­ment age, I am thank­ful that in a few weeks the Medi­care open en­roll­ment pe­riod will be over and peo­ple will stop call­ing me with med­i­cal in­sur­ance plans.

I am grate­ful for dogs be­cause they are so dog-gone loyal.

I am grate­ful for cats be­cause they teach you to know bet­ter than to ex­pect grat­i­tude.

I am thank­ful for mod­ern medicines that keep me rel­a­tively healthy even when I constantly cheat on my diet.

I am grate­ful for side­walks so I am not such a tempt­ing tar­get for de­mented mo­torists when I am walk­ing.

I am thank­ful for heavy metal mu­sic be­cause it makes me so happy when it is fi­nally over.

I am thank­ful for “NCIS,” the crime in­ves­ti­ga­tion show that con­tin­ues to sur­prise me nearly ev­ery week.

I am thank­ful for the peo­ple who serve in the mil­i­tary to pro­tect us, for the peo­ple who are the forces be­tween us and crime and the peo­ple who stand by at all times of the day and night to pro­tect those who are in­jured or

be­come ill and need help.

I am thank­ful for a fo­rum in which to throw out my opin­ions and goofi­ness, even if part-time.

I am thank­ful for tech­nol­ogy which keeps me en­ter­tained even if it is just watch­ing “Star Trek” re­runs. It still amazes me that they got away with some of those re­veal­ing fe­male cos­tumes on that show back on ‘60s tele­vi­sion.

I am thank­ful for choco­late long johns, my fa­vorites, and for choco­late cov­ered peanuts.

I am thank­ful for hard­ware stores which, al­though they take my money, also pro­vide me with hours of en­ter­tain­ment as I wan­der through.

I am thank­ful that there are so many things to be thank­ful for that there isn’t enough space to list them all.

Happy Thanks­giv­ing. Wally Spiers: [email protected]

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