Thursday, November 21, 2013

Just a Walk on the Sunny Side

Much ugliness, meanness, and uncertainty dominate the news this November; however, we are entering the season of thanksgiving, and on this blog at least I am going to take a walk on the sunny side and count my blessings leading up to Thanksgiving Day. I will try to update these every day.

One blessing surely is being able to witness such gorgeous happenings in Nature as geese flying in a large V formation just before sunset as Superdawg and I were taking our second walk of  the day. All that is necessary to enjoy the beauty and grace of God's creatures is to keep your eyes open to witness them at any time you are outdoors. That is part of what I love about walking -- the farther, the better.

Of course at the top of my blessings list is family -- a marriage to my amazing wife that has reached 47 years and counting, my bright and successful son and daughter, a wonderful daughter-in-law, and three beautiful grandchildren with a fourth due next March. What a joy it has been to see them all grow, mature, and excel in everything from academics to athletics.

Indeed, what a blessing it has been just to be around to be an active grandfather. For the joy of the past nine years, I have God to thank and his workers, the surgeons and nurses at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Northern Virginia. They got me through a very complex heart surgery that gave me a new lease on life, and I am trying to make the most of it.

I am also grateful for the ability to walk pain-free, thanks to another medical intervention: my total knee replacement last April.

With me to enjoy getting out and about the past 12 years has been my sweet and loyal dog, Sadie (aka Superdawg), who enjoys a good walk just about any time or place. We've walked in our walking-friendly wooded community in Northern Virginia, along the Blue Ridge Parkway and parts of the Appalachian Trail when we lived near Roanoke, and now on the oceanfront and around abundant lakes in coastal Carolina.

I also am appreciative that there are still people who say they continue to enjoy what this septuagenarian writes. In fact, a large purpose of this blog is to share challenges of aging and to look for ways to maintain the zest for living.

There are so many more blessings for which I am grateful. I intend to write about some of those right up to and through Thanksgiving Day.

Here's hoping that Thanksgiving will be a happy day for all of you.

                              © Robert G. Holland  2013


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