Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day.  We will all sit around and feast on turkey and all the trimmings.  A traditional feast to give thanks to the bounty we have and to share it with family and friends.

But we all have so much more to be thankful for than the ability to feed ourselves and others.

  • Being alive and well
  • Our parents
  • Our children
  • The people we love and who love us
  • Having our ailing family members and friends with us for another year
  • Good friends
  • The men and women of the Chicago Police and Fire Departments
  • The doctors and nurses who keep us well and save our lives
  • The men and women of our armed forces
  • Our clergy who work diligently to keep the faith and the faithful
  • Charities who help those less fortunate
  • The anonymous givers who are are the silent heroes
  • People in the service industries who do the jobs no one else wants to do
  • Living in a civil society that provides freedom and the opportunity to choose our own destiny.

So before you enjoy the bird, the string bean casserole, the dressing and sweet potatoes, bow your head and be thankful.  Drink a toast in gratitude.  Then, dig in and enjoy!


About Peter V. Bella

Peter V. Bella is a passionate cook and photographer. Mr. Bella started cooking as a child with his parents. He has taken professional courses through the years. Mr. Bella a a freelance photojournalist and writer based in Chicago.
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