Thankful thoughts from Dayton
November 23, 2023
To the Editor:
Thanksgiving is a time to be appreciative, grateful, and thankful. It is a time to reflect on what we are thankful for.
I often say a silent prayer of thanks for my life in Dayton, an area, with a few exceptions, that doesn’t have wild, crazy, and destructive weather like tornadoes.
I say a prayer of thanks for being able to safely walk around my community, meet neighbors, and enjoy conversations with people like Curtis at the post office, who is always cheerful and helpful.
There are many people I am grateful for; some have been in my life a long time, and others have shown up for a “reason.” I have been fortunate to know Mayor Zac Weatherford and Dain Nysoe, longtime council member, who are leaving their positions at the end of the year. My role as a council member has been enriched, working with them while our life paths crossed in public service.
Of course, I feel blessed with a roof over my head, food, and water, while many in war zones struggle just to exist.
But for me, my life is made by the people in it. Friends, family, people I’ve met and instantly liked, classmates who have reconnected, and my church family.
I am grateful, thankful, and appreciative of my life and all that is in it.