1. Family and Friends – I have lived in this community for over 22 years now. We chose this area to raise our children and put down roots. Along the way, we have met hundreds and hundreds of wonderful people who have shaped our family, supported our growth and given of themselves for our benefit. I’m sure that we are not the only people to experience this. Our community is built on the philosophy of being a good neighbor and helping each other out. What a wonderful place to raise a family.
2. Our Professional Community – From the Police to the Fire Department to the Teachers to our Healthcare system, there are so many people who work behind the scenes to insure our peace, health, education and safety. While many communities across our country deal with unrest and fear, we enjoy being able to walk to our cars alone in the parking lots, jog on our streets at dusk and even leave our cars unlocked on occasion because we feel a sense of safety and security. We know that our law enforcement, emergency, and healthcare providers are professional and care about us and our families should we need them. We know that they will go the extra mile or even risk their lives for ours should the need arise.
3. Community Business Relationships – I am thankful for the neighborly feel when I enter a store or call for work on my car and the person that greets me knows my name. I am thankful that I can trust those I do business with. I love it when I go to a restaurant and the server knows how I like my tea. This doesn’t happen in the big city nearly as much. I am thankful for the people that have served this community for so many years in the businesses that we all use and need.
4. Beauty – We live in a gorgeous area. From the Roubidoux Springs area, to the Gasconade River, to Mark Twain National Forest, we live in an area with so many beautifully scenic places to enjoy with family and friends or for a day of solitude and refreshment.
5. Generous People –I have been privileged to participate in many charitable organizations over the years as well as work with our local Chamber. When you give to other people, you are the one that receives the most. I am blessed by the generosity I see firsthand in our community toward good causes. There is always more work to do, but the people in this community have big hearts and that inspires the same in the generation to come. Isn’t that wonderful?
So, at this time of year for especially expressing gratitude, I want to publicly express my gratitude for this community. Thanks for reading this. I hope you’ll comment with some of the reasons you can think of to be thankful for our community.
Happy Thanksgiving and may the holiday season be wonderful for you, your family and your friends.