Just 365 days ago, many of us were cloistered inside our homes, isolated from family, still not working or in school, and cut off from many of the things that add to our quality of life. Some of us were even seriously physically ill, and didn't know if we would make it.
Last year this time, we were staring at the teeth of daily death counts, escalating infection counts, overrun hospitals, and were heartsick at the sight and cries of overwhelmed and exhausted hospital worker, first responders, and essential workers who sacrificed themselves...
...to keep the basics of life available, and to keep safe the rest of us safe and healthy. And, the problem was still getting worse not better, with no leadership, no real guidance, and no care coming from those responsible for providing for the general welfare of us all.
At the same time, we were looking at a madman, weakling, incompetent who was - and still is - desperately trying to undermine our democracy and our way of life. He didn't succeed, but the danger continues, and it's real.
So, while #COVID19 isn't over - far from it, the threat of insurrection and domestic terrorism aren't over, our economic trials aren't over, I am still thankful for many things this year.

First, I am thankful to my God for protecting me and my family.
I am thankful for my precious wife who has hung with me through thick and thin, even while shut in with me during the quarantine periods, making sure that every detail is covered, that I don't forget my masks, that I am comfortable, and for being that angel on my right shoulder.
I am thankful that I and my family have made it through relatively unscathed in good health, while recognizing the pan of those who were not as fortunate.
I'm blessed that my mom is still with us and, at almost 90, she's relatively heathy and as sharp as a tack (she likes to debate politics, too.) As our matriarch she a blessing.
I'm thankful that all of our needs are met, and that we are blessed with the ability to share with others. That wasn't always the case.
I am thankful that my family continues to grow and thrive.

I am thankful that, despite the chaos, wickedness, and inhumanity, I still run into kind, friendly, dear people who help to bring joy to life, and they don't believe it's robbery to share a smile or a few kind words.
And I am thankful that 52 weeks since the last Thanksgiving holiday things feel like they have the potential for turning the corner under new leadership. President Biden and VP Harris are not perfect. I never expected them to be. and we continue to be in for rough times.
The fact of the matter is no leader has ever faced the set of circumstances that our leaders face. The obstacles before them have been severe and the hurdles extremely high - so is the deliberate and malicious obstruction.
They have made mistakes. They are supposed to as humans, not machines. Yet they have approached every challenge with grace, competence, steadiness, humility, and I have yet to hear them complain. They have accepted every challenge, and accepted responsibility when they failed.
That's what you expect from leadership.

The battles we face as a country, as a society are real. the fights are deadly serious. And we will take some losses. But I feel like there is hope and a real chance for improvement.
But they need our continued support to get there.

They have mine.
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