I am most thankful this year that I got to watch my son march off his plane from Afghanistan wearing these boots. For a parent, ten fingers and ten toes never gets boring.

I’m grateful for my wonderful wife and our 25 years together. These days, that’s quite an accomplishment. My family means more to me than anything.

And for the dogs and cats I say thank you. They adore me no matter what I say or do.

I’m thankful for the things I learned this year, even if I learned them the hard way.

Thankful for my job? Yes — and I’m sorry I’ve complained about it sometimes when so many people are unemployed.

You know, I’m also thankful I can run four miles. That’s not as far as I could once run, but it’s better than a year ago. So that’s a plus.

This will sound odd, but I have to say I’m thankful for iPods. It’s a miracle that I can take the music I love anywhere.

It’s impossible to list everything I’m thankful for. Most of them are small things that bring me joy, but isn’t that the secret of life? To find great pleasure in the tiny bits.

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