It’s easy enough to say be thankful for what you have but isn’t it remarkable how difficult it is to remember sometimes? That’s the wonderful thing about this holiday; at least for a few days we can more easily appreciate the many gifts of life. I’ll be going east to spend time with my family, the number one thing I’m thankful for, so this will be an early wish for a wonderful holiday for all of you, as well.
After nearly four years back in this area and writing Warren Expressed, I am also thankful for recently moving into Warren from the boondocks of Vienna. It’s a lovely place but I’ll be thankful to not have to drive through Howland corners or the East Market Street/North Road intersection 2-3 times a day, and I’ll be thankful for saving 2500-3000 miles of driving every year between Vyanna and Warren.
It’s great to be in Warren again, where it is one degree of separation between any two of us. A buddy I played football with at Harding has a moving business and he handled that for me. The neighbor on my left I met at a City Council meeting a week or so before I moved in. The neighbor on my right is another former Panther teammate. Directly across the street lives a retired Harding teacher who taught one of my brothers. Two doors to her right is a friend of my Aunt Martha’s. Three houses the other way lives a very sweet lady in her 80′s who made me a spectacularly delicious bunt cake as a welcoming gift. I know several people who know the guy who lived in this house two owners ago — one of my friends described the knotty pine paneling and bar in my basement to me before visiting the place.
Some people never know this kind of connectedness to where they live. I’m thankful to have the opportunity to know it twice.Comments Off