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Echo Press Editorial: What are you thankful for?

Thanksgiving weekend is a time to count our blessings, to appreciate our family and friends, our health, our community, our country.

The newspaper received an e-mail this week from Alexandria’s United Communities Advocating Non-Violence (UCAN). The word for the week, UCAN said, is gratitude. It provided the following list of “Things to be Thankful For.”

Falling in love.

Laughing so hard your face hurts.

A hot shower.

No lines at the Super WalMart.

A special glance.

Getting mail.

Taking a drive on a pretty road.

Hearing your favorite song on the radio.

Lying in bed listening to the rain outside.

Hot towels out of the dryer.

Finding the sweater you want is on sale for half price.

Chocolate milkshake. (Or vanilla!)

A long distance phone call.

A bubble bath.

Giggling.

A good conversation.

Finding a $20 bill in your coat from last winter.

Laughing at yourself.

Midnight phone calls that last for hours.

Running through sprinklers.

Laughing for absolutely no reason at all.

Having someone tell you that you’re beautiful.

Laughing at an inside joke.

Friends.

Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about you.

Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep.

Your first kiss.

Making new friends or spending time with old ones.

Having someone play with your hair.

Sweet dreams.

Hot chocolate.

Road trips with friends.

Swinging on swings.

Wrapping presents under the Christmas tree while eating cookies and drinking eggnog.

Song lyrics printed inside your new CD so you can sing along without feeling stupid.

Going to a really good concert.

Making eye contact with a cute stranger.

Winning a really competitive game.

Making chocolate chip cookies.

Having your friends send you homemade cookies.

Seeing smiles and hearing laughter from your friends.

Holding hands with someone you care about.

Running into an old friend and realizing that some things (good or bad) never change.

Riding the best roller coasters over and over.

Watching the expression on someone’s face as they open a much desired present from you.

Watching the sunrise.

Getting out of bed every morning and thanking God for another beautiful day.

UCAN also included a fitting quote from Cicero: “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.”

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