With Christmas music 24/7, endless commercials about holiday shopping and retail stores in full-blown Christmas mode, it’s almost easy to forget that Thanksgiving is here. I’ve always thought of Thanksgiving as my “gateway holiday” because it’s the start of the holiday season. And there’s nothing better than taking the time to gather with friends and family.
It’s also a time to give thanks for what we have. I’ve compiled a list of the things I’m grateful for. Some are serious…some are whimsical. I hope you will share what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Here are mine:
Military families. I am in awe of those who serve our country in the armed forces. The courage and sacrifice they make is something I will be eternally grateful for, and millions of Americans share that sentiment. But we should not forget the families of our military because they are “serving” as well . They endure great hardship and stress, and their strength is humbling and inspiring.
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney. How can I not be thankful for him? He’s guaranteed me an endless supply of material and topics to talk about for the next four years. Buckle up, folks…it’s going to be an interesting ride.
Sister Mary Scullion. No wonder TIME Magazine named her one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” a few years back. Her list of good works is too numerous to mention. Simply stated, she’s a treasure. If there were more Sister Mary Scullions in the world, the world would be a better place.
Charles Ramsey. We’ve been fortunate to have had him as Philadelphia Police Commissioner for the past eight years. He’s been a great asset to the city.
Joe Gale. He’s the Montgomery County GOP version of Rocky. He fought the establishment and won. He’s young, bright and gives me hope for the future.
My wife Roe. I was thrilled (and a bit shocked) at the response of people to Roe getting the vacation weeks wrong. People talk about that more than the biggest guests of the year. Imagine packing and driving to Wildwood and realizing you got the rental week wrong. Thank god our rental was not in North Carolina’s Outer Banks.
My family. For 28 years they have had countless dinners, holidays and other occasions without me because of my crazy radio schedule. They never complained and were always there to support me.
My listeners. Grateful does not begin to express how I feel about my listeners. Words like loyal, dedicated and enthusiastic come to mind. A few months ago, I was amazed at the turnout of people to my Primo’s Hoagies event in Chestnut Hill. It was a memory lane of people, conversations, families and stories of 28 years in Philadelphia radio. Thank you for making my career possible.
Okay, I named the things I am grateful for…now it’s your turn. Share your comments below. What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?