Adding up reasons to give thanks
by Dennis Burnette
November 21, 2012 12:00 AM | 1371 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
At this time of Thanksgiving, we are reminded of the many things for which we are thankful.

I have written a Thanksgiving column for several years and I am happy to repeat some continued blessings. And there are some new items.

My wife. I am thankful that last week she had a partial shoulder replacement and the surgeon said that it could not have gone better. There’s a lot of pain but I am thankful for all the well wishes for her speedy recovery from our friends. Sixty plus on Facebook.

I’ll be really thankful for her in six months when she gets to start back playing her beloved game of tennis.

Ripley. I am thankful that my wife, believe it or not, has given her OK to bring a puppy into our home.

Ripley, a multi-generational Australian Labradoodle was born on Oct. 18 and will come to live with us on Dec. 13 when he is eight weeks old.

I am beginning to wonder a little about Ripley being “my” dog as my wife is now making plans to take Ripley to work with her every day. Hmmmmm.

Our family. We are thankful for our six children and 13 grandchildren. The youngest grandchild, Annie, will be 2 years old next month. Parents, Elizabeth and Joe, report that she’s starting to talk like crazy.

We are keeping Annie and her 4-year-old sister, Mae, during an upcoming weekend. Since my wife has one arm in a sling, I’ll get a test on how good of a grandfather that I am.

A secure job in the only bank headquartered in Cherokee County. When First Cherokee State Bank was closed, I was saddened for my friends that worked there. I am thankful that I am closer than ever to those banking friends.

Their good work and deeds in our community will not be forgotten. Along with a local newspaper, there is no greater contribution to a sense of community than having a local bank.

The FDIC that insures bank deposits. Eighty-two banks have failed in Georgia since 2008 and 10 have failed this year.

Depositors in an FDIC-insured bank have never lost a penny.

That makes it a lot easier to reassure depositors that their money is safe.

Candidates for political office. Here, I am really thinking of those who put their egos on the line, ran good clean campaigns, but lost. If not for their sacrifices, the greatest democracy in the world would not function.

Last year’s Education SPLOST. I give thanks that the Education SPLOST was on the ballot last year and not this year.

For various reasons, the voters this year rejected transportation improvements (T-SPLOST) and the elimination of property taxes for homeowners (HOST).

But the Ed SPLOST passed last year. Our property taxes will not increase, new middle schools will be built and I could go on and on.

Cherokee County Historical Society. I am thankful that Cherokee County is not one big “Clone Town” — a collection of chain stores and nationally franchised establishments that shoppers might find in Anytown, USA.

Instead, we have independent shops and restaurants that give Cherokee County a special identity. The Downtown Development Authorities deserve credit for their respective accomplishments.

But by reinforcing the values of preserving our buildings and historical districts, the Cherokee County Historical Society has provided the foundation for those accomplishments.

Our county is best served by a healthy mixture of chain stores and big box stores with a strong percentage of independent shops and restaurants. That can only happen with preservation and the chronicling of our history that the Historical Society provides.

Let’s all live in the moment this Thanksgiving season. Take note of everything in your life that you value and appreciate.

Is it your mom and dad or sweet memories of them? Is it a loving family, true friends, a loyal business ‘family’, the abilities to see, hear, touch, smell or taste?

Enjoy your day — take note of all the good you have in your life and give thanks for it all.

As always, I am thankful for the understanding of people who know that there are other things for which I am thankful that are not listed here.

ut humiliter opinor … (in my humble opinion …)

Canton resident Dennis Burnette is the president of a Cherokee County headquartered bank.

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