As we take the time to consider the many good things in our lives, this year I'm giving thanks for the unpleasant things not a part of mine. For example, I am very, very thankful not to be a resident of Houston, anywhere in Florida, Puerto Rico, or Mexico City. The State of Kansas makes my list along with any State in Tornado Alley. And, internationally, I'm thankful not to be a citizen of Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, most African countries, North Korea and Venezuela.
Health becomes a major concern as we age and I'm thankful not to need a knee replacement that friends CS, JS, CM, and MB have had. Two friends have also needed hip replacements and I'm thankful to miss out on that as well. More to add on this list are chronic conditions endured by family and friends such as A-Fib, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetes Type II, high blood pressure, dementia, metastatic cancers and severe allergy reactions.
Social media makes my “thankful I do not” list because I remain primarily content with the status of a Luddite. No cell phone. No smart phone. No Tablet. No Ipad. No Ipod. I could even live without my ancient computer, used for Google research and AOL email. And, I'm thankful not to need the services of a Geek Squad more than once a year.
Friends and families can be a blessing or misfortune. I’m thankful not be be raising grand and greatgrand children as some I know do. Also, not to be a caregiver for a spouse or adult child as four good friends find themselves in that stressful role.
Even though our large family Thanksgiving celebrations have diminished over the years, I'm thankful not to be on the road or in the air on this long weekend. Thankful, too, not to need to participate in Black Friday for New Year's Eve in Times Square. Who needs to be counted as one among mobs?