Every day is a good day for a gratitude list… but today on Thanksgiving, it just seems obviously necessary. My life is an embarrassment of riches in many ways but even in more meager times, there was always something to be thankful for. At the head of my list is my family. My wife Vanessa without whom my life would be a barren desert. She has been there for me since we first met a quarter of a century ago. Good times and bad she has always sheltered me with love. She is always my beacon on the road of life. She is the woman of my dreams… and I’m not even sleeping!
I’m grateful for my son Zach who quite simply, is just a great young man. It is my honor to be able to watch him grow into manhood and to be, in some small way, a part of the process.
I’m grateful for my daughter Izze who never ceases to bring light and wonder into her Dad’s life.
(I’m grateful to Ray Hurlbut and those like him who serve our country in it’s hour of need. at 92, Ray is one of the oldest living vets in the state of Ohio.)
I’m grateful that Izze’s eyes can see the world like this:
The love and gratitude that I have for my family cannot be measured!
I’m grateful that when my life was cloaked in self inflicted misery G_d allowed me to bring joy into the life of others through my music.
I’m grateful that music has has always sustained me as part of a higher road even when I wandered.
I’m grateful that I have lived in the place of my dreams for more than 20 years. I hope to be there in the end.
I am grateful for the country of which I am a citizen.
I am grateful for the health and well being that has followed me thus far in life.
I am grateful to have so many truly great friends.
I could go on… and I probably will after dinner.
Suffice it to say, I am one of the most fortunate of men.
Thanks should be given each and every day, but on this day I raise the flag of gratitude and stand with my hand on my heart!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving… each and every one of you!