I suppose everyone’s list of “things to be thankful for” changes drastically every year.
Family issues, health, careers, finances, relationships and children force us to redo our inventory of things we are appreciative for, seemingly each and every year.
For me, it’s a growing daughter, an ever-changing newspaper business, new adventures in the community and the curveballs of life that have me thinking about what I can truly be grateful for.
My thankful list for 2013 is sappy, sweet, sincere and a little bit of political parody:
* First and foremost, I am thankful for my precious Adaline Sophia, the most tenacious and entertaining 3-year-old I have ever known.
* For all the members of this community that read the Lee’s Summit Journal (and therefore, are forced into constant updates of said 3-year-old), I am thankful you still find value in your local, community newspaper.
* And for that matter, I am thankful for all printed publications that still face the grind every single day. Journalism is a noble industry and community newspapers continue to be part of the solution while we shine a light on some of our problems.
* I am thankful some city leaders and elected officials in Lee’s Summit have put politics and personal agendas aside to get the spring no-tax bond issue moving for our performance space and new historical museum in downtown Lee’s Summit. Putting an end to the silly bidding war for Dusty Dahmer’s land and moving forward with Arnold Hall is going to be a blessing.
* I’m thankful that 2014 is an election year, both locally and for the mid-terms for U.S. Congress and Senate. It’s time to make some changes all over.
* I am thankful for all of my co-workers at the Journal. Each member of this team brings a skill set and talents to our newspaper that has helped make us the best twice-weekly newspaper in the state of Missouri.
* We should all be thankful for the many charitable organizations in Lee’s Summit, many of whom do some of their best work around this time of year to make sure all families have a happy holiday season, a Merry Christmas and an enjoyable family dinner.
* I’m thankful I have health insurance. And that I did keep my policy.
* I’m thankful for successful Lee’s Summit high school sports teams. They’ve made our city more than proud in 2013.
* I am thankful for the opportunity to serve Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, the Lee’s Summit Chamber of Commerce and the Lee’s Summit Economic Development Council on various boards and committees. These organizations truly have the best interest of Lee’s Summit, our business community and our quality of life in mind.
* I am thankful for the numerous volunteers that give their time each year to Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street as well.
* And I’m thankful for (almost) 40 years on this earth, more than 23 of which have been spent in the proud field of journalism.
Happy Thanksgiving to all. Celebrate your families, your health, your hopes and your lives.
John Beaudoin is the publisher of the Lees Summit Journal. To comment, call 816-282-7001 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.