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My Camera Editorial Advisory Board comment published on Nov. 29, 2008:

With an abundant grape harvest this year, my husband and I reminisced about last year’s bumper apple crop. Then, as we safely gathered in our fall garden produce, the words came to mind of the traditional Thanksgiving hymn, “Come, Ye Thankful People.”

Our beautiful fall weather underscores life is good. I’m thankful for life and realize my successes aren’t mine alone. I’m indebted to my family, my church, my communities over the years, our country and to God. I’m thankful for privileges my U.S. citizenship affords me. And despite my complaints, I see benefits in my struggles.

I’m thankful for my husband, children, grandchildren, parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, in-laws and extended family. My mother wrote a book about her life she asked me to publish for the family. Now she’s gone, that project still weighs on me but also lifts my spirits. I’m grateful for her telling our family of its Pilgrim roots. That makes Thanksgiving kind of a family remembrance day besides a day to be with family.

I treasure music, particularly classical. My mother filled my life with recorded classical music from an early age. One result is that Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee” is forever intertwined with my recovering on the couch from a tonsillectomy.

I marvel that tossing carrot seeds in the ground in the spring results in our digging carrots in the fall. Despite our tending to them, nothing we do can actually force those seeds to grow. It’s a miracle I thankfully witness and enjoy.

Source: Daily Camera

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