In the 1939 movie, Holiday Inn, while eating his Thanksgiving feast, Bing Crosby listens to a recording of his song, “I’ve Got Plenty to be Thankful For” and all through the song morosely interjects complaints about his life. I think a lot of Americans, myself included, tend to be just like Bing in the movie. Despite having so much to be thankful for, we always seem to be complaining about what we haven’t got. I don’t doubt that it’s one of the reasons we are not always viewed favorably by people in other countries. While the majority of the people on earth would give their eye teeth to have a fraction of what Americans throw away, we complain that we don’t have enough. In an attempt to remind myself that depite the past year of recession and continuing slow economy, I’ve got plenty to be thankful for, I am going to list some of the blessings that I and my kayaking friends, have to be thankful for this year.
- My first season running SherriKayaks Outdoor Programs went better than I could have hoped, and I have every reason to expect the next season to go as well.
- I have lots of crazy friends who will go out paddling with me almost anytime I ask.
- I have the freedom to paddle on just about every waterway in the state of Wisconsin without having to register my kayak.
- I have a warm and sturdy house to go home to every day when I get off the water.
- Despite the occasional sore joints and muscles, I am still healthy enough to lift and carry my kayak and go out paddling whenever I like.
- Silbs and JB made it back to Milwaukee after the Door County Symposium without having to call a tow truck.
- There was no flooding on Lake Nemahbin this summer.
- I have more than enough paddling gear to safely paddle through the winter.
- My spouse has graciously allowed me to indulge my passion in kayaking for over 20 years without even threatening to divorce me.
- The kayak industry is remaining healthy thanks to continuing boat purchases by Jeff & Sue.
- I had the opportunity to take 2 Florida vacations this year where I got to go kayaking in a lot of beautiful places.
- I didn’t get eaten by any alligators on the Myakka River or struck by lightning on the Estero River in Florida.
- I was able to introduce a lot of new people to the sport of kayaking and help many others increase their enjoyment by helping them to improve their skills.
- I returned from all my paddling trips with everyone I started out with.
- Leslie had $6.50 to lend me on Labor Day so I wouldn’t have to starve when we went out to dinner.
- I have so many friends who have helped my in so many ways to get my business up and running this year.
- There is an internet that lets me disseminate my random rambling thoughts across the world.
- Sven’s Cafe has indoor seating for the winter months.
- There is no dark chocolate shortage (Greg joins me in being thankful for this).
- I have a new daughter-in-law.
- Bob B. and I have lived to see another year without being frozen in the ice of Lake Michigan (and Rick R. was not crushed in the pack ice on his first trip with Bob and I).
Don’t let this Thanksgiving go by without taking a moment to remind yourself of everything that you have to be thankful for!