With the crops harvested, the gardens cleaned up and ready for next year, a beautiful fall behind us, and Thanksgiving Day soon upon us, we read ever so many commentaries about reasons to be thankful.

Not just on Thanksgiving, but every day, something all of us tend to forget.

So here is one more, which, as usual, is written by someone much more intelligent than I. It’s title: "Attitude of Gratitude."

I woke up early today, excited over all I get to do before the clock strikes midnight. I have responsibilities to fulfill today. I am important. My job is to chose what kind of day I am going to have.

Today I can complain because the weather is rainy or...I can be thankful that the grass is gettering watered for free.


Today I can feel sad that I don’t have more money or...I can be glad that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely and guide me away from waste.

Today I can grumble about my health or...I can rejoice that I am alive. Today I can lament over all that my parents didn’t give me when I was growing up or...I can feel grateful that they allowed me to be born. Today I can cry because roses have thorns or...I can celebrate that thorns have roses.

Today I can mourn my lack of friends or...I can excitedly embark upon a quest to discover new relationships.

Today I can whine because I have to go to work or...I can shout for joy because I have a job to do.

Today I can complain because I have to go to school or...eagerly open my mind and fill it with rich new tidbits of knowledge.

Today I can murmur dejectedly because I have to do housework or I can feel honored because God has provided shelter for my mind, body and soul.

Today stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped. And here I am, the sculptor who get to do the shaping. What today will be like is up to me. I get to chose what kind of day I will have! Have a great day...unless you have other plans.

And on the lighter side, a few Scandinavian jokes:


Ole and Sven went on a fishing trip to Canada and came back with only three fish. Sven said, "The way I figger it, Ole, each of them fish cost us $400. At dat price it’s a good ting we didn’t catch any more of ‘em than we did!"

"I need to buy some boards there then, Sven." "How long you want ‘em, Ole?" "A long time, Sven, I’m building a house, ya know!"

Sven and Ole went out duck hunting, and they worked at it for a couple of hours, getting nothing. Finally, Sven said, "I wonder why ve aren’t getting any ducks, Ole?" "I don’t know, I wonder if ve aren’t throwing the dog high enough!"

So Sven and Ole are walking home from the tavern late at night and they head down the railroad tracks. Sven says, "This is the longest flight of stairs I have ever climbed in my life." Ole replies, "Yeah, it’s not the stairs dat bother me so much. It’s these low rails!"

And thank goodness there are so many different nationalities in the world. That way we can make fun of each other and have a good laugh! Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Marianne Bianchi is a retired farmwife from New Ulm, MN.

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