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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thankful Thursday 9/21/2017

Wow! I can't believe it's Thursday already! This week has seemed to have flown by, but nonetheless, I have a lot to be thankful for.

I am still thankful that the Browns invited me to go to Washington, D.C. with them. I still keep in touch with one of Mr. Brown's aunts; I'm thinking of asking her if I can send her a holiday card along with my newsletter during the holiday season. That wouldn't be weird, right?

(Maryland is such a pretty state to drive through)

I'm also thankful for the kind people I met in Washington, D.C. Between the Juggalo March and the African American History Museum, every place I visited I encountered nice people. When I first arrived at the African American History Museum, I was thinking of visiting the cafe. I walked down to the cafe, but the line was so long. I saw a Muslim woman with her family and asked her if she knew if it was a long wait. She wasn't sure but offered me some dates to hold me over until I finished touring the museum and came back to the cafe. I thanked her up and down, and the dates held me over until I finished touring the 3rd and 4th floors of the museum.

I'm thankful for both jobs. The library gave me Sunday's edition of the New York Times because I only subscribe to the weekday editions. The Juggalo March was published in Sunday's edition and I wanted a copy to cut out for my happiness box. Since the Sunday paper was old news and no one was reading it anymore, they gave me the paper.

The VP of the company I work for full-time retires next week and yesterday we had a luncheon for him. I gave him a copy of the book I wrote last year and a bookmark with the Footprints poem (he is a pastor). He sent me an e-mail to thank me for the lovely, thoughtful gift and I asked if I could get a selfie with him. He agreed and we chatted for twenty minutes about different travels and he was amazed how I could travel without having a driver's license. Anyway, I am sad that he is retiring because he is such a kind, friendly man and he adds a lot of brightness to the job. I am thankful, however, that I had the opportunity to get to know him over the past two years. I'm thankful for all that he has done for me and our department. I'm sure he will enjoy retirement.

What are you thankful for?


  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    I agree that Maryland is a beautiful state to travel through. I did it many times when I lived in Pennsylvania. Along with yearly visits to the Baltimore Zoo, my parents took me on a car trip that included a stop at Fantasyland in the Gettysburg area, then south of the border to the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo. My aunt and uncle ran the juvenile correctional facility in Hagerstown and I enjoyed the drive down there to see them. I played basketball with the delinquent boys on an indoor court at the detention center. The inmates were always polite as can be. In fact they were more polite, more courteous, than the average person on the street. Like you I find super polite and helpful people wherever I go. I think it starts with our own attitude. If you go out there with an open mind and a loving heart and give people a chance, you will find happy, friendly people. If you go out there with a chip on your shoulder and hate in your heart you will attract haters.

    The company VP does indeed look like a nice man and I know you will miss him when he retires. Today, Thankful Thursday, and every day, give thanks that you knew, learned from and were influenced by such a kind man.

    Have a wonderful TT, dear friend JM!

    1. Hi Shady,

      You're very right and I've always been a big believer in that philosophy.

  2. Maryland is a pretty state. I will always think of it as home, although I wasn't born there. I lived in Maryland longer than any other state, except Kansas, where I was born and lived until I was twenty. I'm thankful that the VP was nice to you.


    1. I've always wanted to visit Kansas. I imagine Kansas is also a pretty state.