Give thanks to someone today

As I have done for many years, I wanted to remind everyone that American Thanksgiving is here and whether you are American or not, we all still have a lot to be thankful for.

Here are some things and people I am most thankful for: Radio DJ’s, especially the morning ones, the people who get up bright and early so that when we get in our cars at 6, 7 or 8am and begin that long tedious drive to work, we are entertained, we can forget about the bumper-to-bumper traffic and laugh a little. We can think about something else, maybe learn something and even win a prize.

I can’t tell you how much nicer my morning and evening commute is each day because I get to sing along to my favourite song or listen to what others have to say on an important topic.

It’s good to start each day with a laugh and a smile and hearing my favourite radio personalities each day definitely makes my daily drive more bearable.

I also give thanks to the people who cook the hot food at the supermarket because to have something homemade and fresh for lunch from the deli at lunch time or to take home for dinner makes me feel good.

So to those who made the rice and beans, the plantain and yam, the soup, jerk chicken and pork chops I, and I’m sure many others, thank you.

Thanks to all the construction workers who are rebuilding Cayman; those guys that we see building the bypass and new shopping centres that hopefully will make our lives easier.

Because of the roads and shops and restaurants they build my commute is shorter and my life a little less complicated and a lot more convenient.

There are many other unsung people who help us all and get little thanks; people like the newspaper reporter who writes a story that makes you think, the people at the post office who deliver our mail, the garbage men, the vet, the pizza delivery person, the bus driver, the pharmacist who calms my fear when my child is sick.

Everyone knows someone who deserves our heartfelt thanks that may go unrecognized but who makes our day better, nicer and more convenient.

So yes, I am thankful for my family, my wonderful husband who’s still in love with me after many years of ups and downs, my kids who make me feel needed and loved, but I also want to thank my helper who gives me free time to spend with my family because she cleans my home and does my laundry so I don’t have to.

So this Thanksgiving no matter where you come from or what you do, thank someone who makes your day nicer; someone who makes you laugh or someone who does a service that helps you.

These people of every age, race, creed and colour deserve it and for what they do and how they do it I give them my thanks.

Cathy Richardson

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