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Looking out my backdoor: Give thanks in all things


Last updated 11/25/2022 at 11:01am

I remember the Thanksgiving when Ben first brought his girlfriend, Shea, to dinner. We had the traditional meal, turkey nicely browned, all the side dishes. I asked everyone to share some one thing they felt especially thankful for that day.

Years later my daughter-in-law, Shea, told me how my request had terrified her. None of her family talked about gratitude. Poor Shea. On top of being scared to share something personal, she had been scared to meet me.

My children! Both of them told stories (?) that had their prospective spouses quivering when they met me. The reality is that I’m...

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