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Thanksgiving memories

As I grow older, the years seem to just fly by.

I paused just the other day to reflect on just where the year 2008 has gone. Again, this year, like recent years, it seems to have flown by.

It's now Thanksgiving week - a time when all of us should reflect on the many blessings that God has bestowed upon us, our families and others. It's truly a time to thank our Savior, as well as others for what they do in helping us.

I personally believe that we should thank God above everyone, since He is the sustainer of all life. I give Him thanks in my prayers for protecting and watching over my family, friends and co-workers. I also give Him thanks for providing me with shelter, food and drink. And I thank Him for forgiving me of my sins and shortcomings against not only Him, but others, too, whom I might offend.

Thanksgiving also is a time that I reflect on my family - not just my immediate one, but my entire family. I recall with fond memories my Mama preparing big Thanksgiving dinners for my Dad and their five children. My Mama was able to juggle her hectic home schedule around the more than 40 hours a week that she often worked at Thomson Company.

I remember Mama thawing out a big turkey every year just before Thanksgiving. And I recall her making all kinds of desserts - including two of my favorite cakes - coconut and German chocolate. They were always delicious!

Though my Mama is older today, she's still a great cook and still can outdo her kids in a kitchen when it comes to cooking or washing dishes.

At Thanksgiving, I thank my Mama for all of the things she's done for me and taught me over the years. Also I thank her for her love and wisdom.

Thanksgiving also is a time to remember our military troops - especially those fighting for our country in times of wars so far away from their homes.

I was with a large number of soldiers on Monday during a special news assignment at Fort Gordon. It was then that I was reminded what sacrifices many of our soldiers have paid so that we all might share in the freedoms that we have in America.

One of the soldiers being honored was Darryl Wallace, a graduate of Thomson High School, who lost both of his legs in an IED explosion in Afghanistan a year and a half ago.

Sgt. Wallace, a member of the 82nd Infantry and Airborne Division, gave so much for all of us. He too, deserves our thanks at Thanksgiving. And so do all the other military men and women who serve, or have served, our country so proudly and bravely.

Web posted on Thursday, November 27, 2008

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