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THANKS FOR THE MESS! 10 TYBEE BEACHCOMBER | DEC 2016 By J. Beebs Like many of us in the United States, I’m sure you’ll be spending the fourth Thursday of this month with close friends and family. I find myself looking forward to Thanksgiving Day. A day of food! A day of football! Hey, we might even go catch a parade in the morning. Thanksgiving Day is a day for us to slow down and appreciate the small things. As my wife tells me when I’m starting to spin about a writing deadline: Hey! Slow down! Remember to breathe! She’s got a point. As I find myself getting older, I’m realizing that little things really do matter. Sure, you’ve heard that cliché throughout your life, but think about it. It’s the details that make our lives so full and enriching. If our lives are a tapestry, it’s the small things that put the color in our painting. So as we approach this Thanksgiving, why not take a minute to consider what you are thankful for? Naturally, when I ask my daughter what she’s thankful for, I get a shrug and grin. “Everything!” she tells me, as she races out the door because, like all young people, she has places to be. I can’t help but notice she left fingerprints on the sliding glass door in her mad dash to the outside world. You know, I’m actually thankful for those fingerprints. It makes me happy seeing them because I know this old house is home to an active healthy family with an amazing daughter. I guess you can be happy for “everything.” But that’s sort of treating Thanksgiving like an umbrella policy. Yes, you can take the shortcut and apply the blanket statement of everything. But if little things really do matter, why not break a few details out? Let’s get to the fine print. What makes life great? What makes you grateful? Let me give you a few items to consider: You can always start with the big things: your health, your family, friends, being in love, big things that really move the needle. Or maybe you’re leaning toward Black Friday and find yourself in early retail mode. I think it’s ok to be thankful for a nice house, car, or a fat new Gibson Custom Les Paul Guitar. Heck, maybe you just got the new Unchartered 4 video game and a 97 inch curved LED TV with sonic boom surround and Netflix. Hey, that’s all good. Congrats! Or maybe when I say give me some detail on what makes you thankful, you find yourself going on an eccentric bend, and you realize that you’re grateful for non-stick pans, good hair days, and fresh bed sheets. I’m always happy when I can find the right screwdriver in the first drawer I look in when I’m tinkering. It doesn’t happen often. And when I go camping, I’m always thankful for toilet paper and a hot shower. Frankly, as I’m writing this, I realize I’m thankful for the delete button, erasers in general, and email recall. And in a bittersweet realization: I’m thankful for deadlines, because without them I’d never write anything. But, I keep going back to those fingerprints on the glass. They make me realize I’m thankful for things now that the old me never would have considered. I mean, paw prints on a clean car seat mean the two of us just had a great hike. Mud anywhere pretty much means somebody had a good time. My wife still has our son’s clothes from first grade that he mudded out so completely during recess that they carry the stains to this day – fifteen years later. Heck, to carry it farther, pee on the toilet seat means the boys are home! Ok, that might be too far. But I think you’ll agree that with the right perspective, it’s pretty easy to be thankful for things that would appear ugly to others, but to you, are actually quite beautiful. This coming Thanksgiving, take a minute to look around. If you’re with a large group, just close your eyes and soak it in. Where are little things? Your fingerprints? Your muddy paws? That’s the little things you’re looking for … the things that really count! Happy Thanksgiving! Accountants on Tybee ACCOUNTING & TAX SERVICE Walkins Welcome! awaite1946@aol.com tedlynch635@hotmail.com Wind Rose Cafe S Southern th St Style l Lunch L hS Specials Monday - Friday 19 Tybrisa Street 912-786-6593 LUNCH! HAHAHAHAPPPPP Y Y HOHOHOURURURR! $8.25 Alfred D. Waite CPA Ted Lynch, 203 Ste. E First St. 912-786-0878 �������������������������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������ �������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������ ������������������������������������������������ ���������������������������������������������� ������������������������������������������������������������������


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