This is a very special time of year for me, and as a columnist I have been afforded an opportunity to publically explain why I am so thankful. In fact, this column can be applied to an astronomical number of readers who are not able to write a column.


To be thankful became an integral part of my life at an early age, because I was blessed with having the most wonderful parents a person could have. The reasons to be thankful occurred next in the form of two brothers and one sister and we were truly family.

I was too young to fully understand just how significant daddy would be in my life. Daddy was truly a free man, God fearing, and did his ultimate best to instill in his children that can’t was not acceptable, that richness was a state of mind not a state of being and that we were somebody. Daddy was a philosopher and would say to us, “You will be extremely fortunate, not lucky to have more friends than the four fingers on your hand.”

My how right daddy was, as youngsters there were Leach, Hannon and Ham. Leach and Hannon 58 years ago were my best men when I got married. I have grown to manhood and because of what was instilled in me I truly understand and value true friendship.

I was an excellent student in high school, but once again I was thankful that I had been reared to understand that as important as reading, writing and arithmetic was it should never supersede concern, compassion or responsibility for self or others.

Time moves on and once again I was thankful because Gloria became my wife and we received a triple blessing with three daughters Toni, Kim and Jerri. There are a multitude of reasons that I am so proud of my daughters, but the one common denominator among the three of them that I am the most thankful for is that all three live giving back.

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(Louis “Hop” Kendrick is a weekly contributor to the Forum page.)

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