Thanksgiving is the one day each year that we set aside specifically to count our blessings. This year, I had a little extra counting to do.
My grandson, Liam, celebrated his first Thanksgiving this year -- eight days before his first birthday. And while he might not have completely understood or enjoyed the experience (he was definitely NOT a fan of his Thanksgiving-themed hat), his Pops definitely did.
It's hard to believe little Liam is almost a year old. It seems like a couple of weeks ago when I made the trip to North Little Rock on the day he was born. Yet, there he was last week, walking all over the house and showing off a veritable mouthful of teeth. Because of the geographic distance and schedules, I don't get to see Liam or his older brother, Hayden, as much as I would like. But last week I got to spend almost 48 hours with them, and I did all I could to soak up every minute. As quickly as this first year went by, I'm sure the next few will pass even faster. That's why I try not to take a second for granted.
Besides not getting to spend much time with my grandsons, I also haven't gotten a lot of quality time with my oldest son, Ronnie, either. Ronnie works weekends and typically works holidays as well, but since he has Thursdays and Fridays off, my visit last week coincided with his weekend. It was nice to spend some quality time with him. We squared off in Madden football (he won the first game 42-35 when I threw an interception in the end zone on the game's final play, but I got the last laugh when I won the rematch 41-21), and stayed up till 3:30 a.m. the morning after Thanksgiving for a marathon game of Monopoly with his fiancÚ, Christi.
Of course, the real joy of Thanksgiving wasn't about video games or board games, or even the delicious meal that we shared with Christi's family. It was about spending some precious time with people who are important to us. That's what I'll remember.
I love Carroll County. I feel so blessed to be here and be able to work every day with a group of wonderful, talented people. I've been here about two and a half years now. This feels like home, and the folks I work with feel like family.
Still, it was nice to get away for a couple of days and count my biggest blessings up close.
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Scott Loftis is managing editor for Carroll County Newspapers. His email address is CarrollCountyNews@cox-internet.com.