By Debra J. Groom
I would be remiss on this day before the holiday if I didn’t wish all Valley News readers a pleasant and thankful day.
If you are gathering for a great meal with relatives and friends, you are truly blessed.
If you are alone, don’t despair. There are many places to go in the area for companionship and a tasty dinner. Many restaurants are open and a good number of churches or other organizations are putting on community Thanksgiving feasts.
If you have the time and money, stop into a nursing home to drop off some goodies for the hard-working staff or a gift or flowers for a resident. Nursing home residents often cannot leave for holiday festivities, so seeing someone drop in to say hi or “Happy Turkey Day” will really put a smile on their faces.
Share your good fortune by dropping off some doughnuts or bagels to others who work every holiday — namely police, firefighters, ambulance personnel and medical personnel at Oswego Hospital. They are putting in their time to ensure we all are safe and well so we can share this day with our loved ones.
And last but not least, say a little prayer or blessing for all the farmers in Oswego County and Central New York. Without them, none of us would have that fantastic turkey or squash or mashed potatoes or pumpkin pie to gouge ourselves with on Thanksgiving.
While the holiday is a day off for many, a day to eat ‘till you drop and a day for football and parades on TV, remember the day is called “Thanksgiving.” The best thing we all can do is take a moment between complaining about the lumps in the gravy or how that stupid quarterback fumbled that snap, and think about what we are really thankful for this year.
Personally, I am thankful to be back to work. Thankful I am making a paycheck again and don’t have to sell my house. Thankful that Scotsman Media Group gave me a chance at this job.
And I’m thankful to be back in Oswego County again. Having worked here for about six years before losiing my previous job, I am very happy to be back. The people here are one-in-a-million.
The weather, well, that’s another story. Not really excited about all the snow. But hey, maybe it will be a mild winter.
I’d be very thankful for that. (As long as it doesn’t hurt the snowmobile industry up north)
Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving.