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Random Thanksgiving Thoughts

So, here I sit, sipping a cold glass of brandy egg nog. My wife is laying down on the couch with our little half Cocker Spaniel, half Jack Russell Terrier. We’re watching Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino. It’s been a nice day. My wife and I ran some errands and enjoyed each others’ company. We’re in the middle of a few days off – the longest stretch of days we have had off all year long. In fact it is one of the few vacations we have ever spent this many days together.

My wife Silvia and I met back in 1993 when I was deployed with the army to Guatemala. I was a Psychological Operations Specialist and I helped develop anti-drug campaigns – radio spots, billboards, coloring books, leaflets, pamphlets, etc. She was a friend of a local artist who worked for our group. We met in August 1993, were engaged the day before Valentine’s Day 1994, and got married twice (civil ceremony and church wedding) in November 1994. Somehow, through good times and bad, we have weathered the storm and are still together after 17 years.

My father passed away suddenly in September of 2000, but my mother is still alive and well. Tomorrow Silvia and I will go over to her house and have Thanksgiving dinner with her, my sister-in-law Beth and niece, Emma.

I have two brothers. Devin is in the Air Force. He is currently deployed to Korea. He is a medical technician. My other brother Dennis is a doctor who lives in Colorado with his wife Pamela. They have two great kids, Buddy and Jacquelyn. Jacquelyn is studying to be a pharmacist, and Buddy is in the Air Force Academy in Boulder, Colorado.

I feel so lucky to have such a wonderful family. I haven’t always been there for them as much as I would have liked to be. Over the past couple of years I have learned some things about myself, including the fact that I have ADHD. The process has been much like a fog lifting and clarified many things for me. While I don’t want to spend too much time on it, the bottom line is that I understand myself much better than I did a few years ago and some of my behaviors. I have done quite a few stupid things I regretted, but have been able to forgive myself for my mistakes, and hopefully family members have been / will be able to do the same.

Another thing that has impacted me has been the economic crisis of the past few years. It really helped clarify what was important. Before the crisis I used to worry about many frivolous things and spend money on many unimportant things. After the crisis I began to realize that life isn’t really about pursuing money and things. There isn’t a prize for the person who buys the most stuff. What is important is family and friends.

Over the past few years I have been trying to write more. I am really passionate about it. It is a great way to share thoughts with people from all over the world. I love to read about business, economics, politics, technology, current events and much more. It’s interesting to be able to take that information gathered, analyze it and synthesize it into something new.

I recently had the chance to live blog at http://www.sulia.com about the Republican presidential debate. CEO Jonathan Glick and Becca Alpers were very helpful and encouraging and I am grateful for the opportunity.

About 3 years ago I started working for my present employer. It was right around the time that the employment situation started getting more difficult. We recycle plastic irrigation piping used in agriculture. I started out working through a temporary agency and eventually got hired. Since then I went from working on a line, to an assisant shift supervisor and am presently a shift supervisor. My bosses have been extremely supportive and generous to me. They are some of the hardest working people I have ever met. They have also been very supportive and encouraging. It is one of the few places I have worked where I have felt they truly appreciate the work their employees are doing for them.

Silvia has been working at an advertising agency as an Art Director. She is incredibly capable and creative. She is one of the most capable professional people I have ever met. We have both been so fortunate to have good jobs in this tough economy. We have definitely come a long ways from a few years ago when our financial situation was much more precarious.

So far 2011 has been an interesting year. I am grateful to still have so much of my family still with me. I have a wonderful wife, mother, brothers, nephew, nieces, sisters-in-law, aunts and many more than I can mention. I am thankful for the opportunities I have been given. There is so much to give thanks for. Words fail me.

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  1. Terry Kinder
    April 9, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Reblogged this on Cape Girardeau ADHD Support Group and commented:

    Some random thoughts (surprise) from back around Thanksgiving.

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