Share Your World-Thankful Edition

By: sonofabeach96

Nov 24 2016

Category: Uncategorized


First off, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, if you celebrate, wherever you may be.

I thought today would be an appropriate day for this week’s Share Your World from Cee’s Photography, a giving thanks edition.

Here are Cee’s questions for the week:

On Thursday it will be Thanksgiving in the USA and I thought we could do a grateful list for this week. Most of these questions can be answered with just a couple of words, just put down the first thing that comes to mind. Yes, I know you writers will never use just one or two words to respond to any question.

What are you grateful for in regard to:

Your home life?

Well, I’m grateful for both where/how we live and, most importantly, with whom I live.  My home life is my gift, and I’m ever so grateful for it.

Your family?

See the answer above.  My family is my world, my everything.  I love my work and seriously love my friends and hobbies, but my wife and boys?  They are my first, and, most times, only, priority.

Your blogging community?

I really had no clue what to expect or even why I decided to do this.  I know what the impetus was, but no clue why this is the platform I chose.  Makes it even more bizarre considering I’m a private guy, low key, only a handful of close friends, and thrive in most levels of solitude.

That said, I’m glad I decided to hop in the pool.  It’s been fun, enlightening, and oh so interesting.  I’ve been doing it for over a year now, and I still come back every day, usually.  Know why?  Because of all y’all.  You peeps that comment, make me feel, make me smile, make me look forward to seeing new posts of yours.

Yeah, there’s a bunch of y’all that I’m grateful for.

Your city or immediate area in which you live?

We live rurally, and have since 2000.  We aren’t even in “town”, our farm being about 13 miles outside of our little burgh.

That said, there’s much to be grateful for when discussing where or why we live where we do.

Our kids have unlimited access to nature and wildlife, wide open spaces and ponds, hills and dales.

They’ve gone to school with the same kids since they were in preschool.  The same kids we’ve watched grow up alongside our own.  We’ve made friends with other parents, we see their teachers in the pizza joint or gas station.

But the best part is the people.

The ones who took us, and a newborn, into their home for a week during an ice storm that had us with no power for 9 days.  The “neighbor” who plows our driveway in severe snow.  The family next to our place that invite us to all their gigantic family gatherings.  The people who put us on prayer chains and always wish us well during the bad times, even though we aren’t in their church community.

The fact that we are considered part of this community is something I’m very grateful for.

The regional area in which you live?

We live in Kentucky, about an hour south of Louisville, which is where I grew up.  Kentucky is a beautiful state, er Commonwealth, blessed with hilly terrain, mountainous regions, a National Park, a National Forest, boundless waterways and shoreline, and fantastic weather…at least 9 months of the year.  Winter can suck, but Spring, Summer, and Fall in Kentucky are just about perfect.

And, here in Kentucky, there is some measure of identity crisis, as to whether we are Midwest or Southern.  Depends on who you ask, and where you’re asking it.  My upbringing was Southern, and, adding in the fact that I spent half the year, every year from 7 to 17, in South Carolina, I consider myself Southern.

I bring that up because the Southeast section of the US is home.  It’s where I’m most comfortable.  The majority of my life has been spent in KY, TN, NC, SC, FL, MS, and LA.

I love the South, in spite of all its flaws.  And there are many, still to this day, that I can’t fathom continuing in this era.  Yet they persist.  But I am a Southerner, and I’m grateful to be.

The country where you live?

I’m an American.  Am I grateful to be from the US?  You’re damn right I am.  We have a troubled past, and are facing trying times in our present, with great concerns for the future.  But, to me, there’s no better place in the world to live.


I’m grateful that I have a big heart.  I’m grateful that I care, that I have an innate need to help.  I’m jaded and somewhat cynical, which living 47 years will lead to.  But when the shit hits the fan, I trust in the good in people and believe in giving when I’m able to.  A sap?  Foolish?  Maybe.  Having had this part of me taken advantage of by others?  Absolutely.  But I don’t care.  I’m grateful I give a shit.

Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Well, the only answer I could give to this today is that I’m grateful my Father-in-Law survived his procedure. He’s a tough son of a bitch, but this was big-time.  So far so good.

In the coming week, I’m looking forward to having my wife home. She’s in Florida, since Monday, to make arrangements for her dads’ care and after-care once he’s d/c’d from the hospital.  Her return is open-ended of course, depending on the situation.  But barring any complications, she should be back next weekend.

I’m grateful she was able to be of such assistance to her dad and step-mom through all this.  It’s what she does for a living, and she kicks ass at it.  Her dad is a stubborn dude, not adept at asking for and/or being offered help.  I’m grateful he trusted my wife to handle it.  He couldn’t have been in better hands, and it made her feel needed and respected.  It’s a win win.

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all.  😊


My songs of the day are:

“These Arms of Mine” by Otis Redding

“Thank You” by Led Zeppelin

“Days” by Elvis Costello

“Thankful and Thoughtful” by Sly and The Family Stone

“Grateful” by Wyclef Jean

“I Thank You” by ZZ Top

“Lucky” by Marc Broussard

“O Come All Ye Grateful Dead Heads” by Bob Rivers


20 comments on “Share Your World-Thankful Edition”

  1. So happy to hear your father-in-law is doing well. And I love how you describe your wife as bad ass, very cool.

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  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. So pleased to hear all went well with your father-in-law’s surgery 🙂 Have a good one.

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  3. Great Post!! I hope your wife gets back soon and you all enjoy each other after being apart. Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  4. Just want to wish you a Happy ‘MurKan Thanksgiving!

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  5. You do have a huge heart. That is partly why I like you so much. 😀

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  6. Online communities are wonderful, aren’t they? But you reap what you sow, and you’ve planted a lot. Thanks for being awesome.

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  7. Thanks…and thanks for liking my posts. Means a lot in times of pain. You indeed have a huge heart!

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  8. I’m too late to wish you a happy Thanksgiving, so I’ll wish you a happy holiday season instead! I’m extremely grateful to have a blogger like you in my life!

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