Take A Mulligan: What I’m Thankful For

Everyone has their favorite holiday. Mine is Christmas Eve. Love it. But, alas, it’s Thanksgiving time soon, so we must give this special holiday it’s fair share of time. After all, Thanksgiving seems to be getting to be an after-thought between Halloween, (did you see all the decorations this year?) and Christmas.

But it is a very special holiday for sure. A time to think about all the things in this life to be thankful for. Here are the many things I’m thankful for, besides the obvious: family, friends, a warm home, great community and Geezer Golf.

I’m thankful for….

Salt and Vinegar potato chips.

Veterans. Every single one of you. Thank you.

Turning 70 a month ago and re-defining my definition of old, again.

Starting and finishing my first marathon.

Everyone standing and taking off their caps during the playing of the National Anthem.

Listening to someone beautifully singing the National Anthem.

That I’m not a turkey.

My fairly new iPhone. Love Facetiming with my little grandson in Seattle. Oh, yeah, his parents, too.

Being off Facebook so I don’t have to admire pictures of someone’s dinner. Geeesh!

Peace in the Middle East. Ok, maybe someday.

The Dollar Menu at Burger King.

The first snowstorm of the season

That the first snowstorm is the last one of the season.

Gel Pens.

Texts from family.

Never buying a lottery ticket.

Ringing the Bell for the Salvation Army. We need more ringers.

My very first hole-in-one of my life this year.

That I don’t shop anywhere on Black Friday.

Elastic stretch waist bands on my pants. “Pass the potatoes please.”

Duct tape and super glue can fix just about anything.

There are many other things I’m thankful for. So let me know a few things you’re thankful for. Call me at 319-327-4640 or email me at jsheda@indytel.com. Oh, by the way and for the record, I did not even attempt a marathon or anything close to one and as for that hole-in-one, well maybe next year! Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

John Sheda is the pastor at Living Water Church in Independence. He is a native of Chelsea and a South Tama County alumni (Class of 1969).