Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Sydney, Me, Michele, Connor and Faith.
My family.
Well, with tomorrow being Thanksgiving, I thought I would do that thing that so many bloggers do these days and talk about what I am thankful for.

First and foremost is life. I have an extraordinarily good life right now. I have a steady job that pays decent, and would be difficult to get fired from, unless I REALLY tried. I have three loving kids who love me unconditionally, even though sometimes I’m kind of a failure as a dad on some levels. And I have the most amazing wife a man could dream up. She is beautiful, funny, nerdy, geeky, and several other qualities I love. I can’t imagine life without her in it now.

I’m thankful for my talents. I’m a pretty decent writer, with a good grasp of the English language. I understand what makes a good story, even if I am still learning how to use that knowledge. I can draw fairly well, at least better than stick figures. And I have an eye for the artistic, to some extent. I have other talents I am thankful for, but we don’t need to get into those here.

As a friend of mine recently stated in his blog, I am also thankful for my stuff. We have a decent apartment to live in, the neighborhood may not be the best, but it’s a far cry from the ghetto. I just recently bought a new(er) car that I LOVE. I have a computer, a smart phone, a Blu-Ray player, and a large plasma TV. Yeah, I got cool stuff, and I love that I do. I also have a healthy collection of old comics, and many, many books that will one day see a nice bookshelf, instead of boxes in storage.

I have friends. Lots of friends. Some old that I’ve known for decades, some new that I only just recently met. Some I have spent many hours and days with in person, and others that I have only communicated with online. Some that I have learned many things from, and others who are eagerly receptive to what knowledge I have. I have friends I talk to almost daily, and others with whom I have shared very little communication, but they are still there, and I still consider them my friends.

I’m thankful for my memories and experiences. Without them, good or bad, I would not be who or where I am today. Sure, I have regrets. But who doesn’t? I wish I had played high school football. I wish I would have tried to get into Special Forces. I wish I would have moved to LA and pursued my dream of making it in Hollywood. But, hey, if I had done any one of those, where and who would I be today?

In short, I am thankful for all that I have, and all that I am. But most importantly, I am thankful that I have a future. Though there will be dark periods, and some points in my life will no doubt be very difficult (as my past has already illustrated), I know that in the end, I will come out ahead. And mainly thanks to the aforementioned things I am already thankful for. Life is funny that way.

But, at this moment, I am thankful that I am about to have a 4-day weekend. And I am thankful that you came here to hear me ramble for a bit. That means a lot to me.

God bless, and have a happy Thanksgiving!


The Happy Whisk said...

A family of superheros. Fantastic.

Keith said...

You have a beautiful family, Tom, and much to be thankful for. Love the shirts, although I'm puzzled why there are two Batman. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Charles Gramlich said...

Sounds good, man. sounds like both of us are doing pretty well. Happy thanksgiving to you and yours.

Tom Doolan said...

We couldn't find another DC shirt in Connor's size. And he already had the Batman shirt.

Thanks all. And blessings to you as well. :)