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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving. What am I thankful for?

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It's 4 am on Thanksgiving morning 2011 and I am wide awake.  It's dark outside and very quiet, the coyotes aren't howling and even our neighborhood owls aren't hooting.  Everyone seems to be sleeping, except me, but I am not complaining.  As I sit here in the darkness, I am thinking, not about funny stories or new song parodies, but what all I am thankful for, and the list is long....

My Wonderful Husband:  He wakes up alone every morning and hates it, but never complains.  He makes sure I get a good meal every day and is a great cook.  He goes to karaoke with me, even though being in a noisy bar type atmosphere is the last thing he wants to do because that's what he did for a living.  I don't know how I got so lucky, but I'm glad I did and I love him very much.  Thanks for being my best friend.

My Good Neighbors:  Mr & Mrs George walk with me most mornings, Phil & Ruth are always smiling, Willie & Sharon invite me to all their social functions and bring over home-made desserts and all the others who wave and say hello when I stagger past. Thanks for being my friends and making this such a nice neighborhood.

My Parkie Friends:  They live in Canada, all over the USA, Australia, Europe and the rest of the world.  We talk online and I can always count on them to "know" what I am feeling like.  Plus, they will even listen to my latest song parodies and sometimes even request them.  Thanks for being there.

My other friends:  I am so lucky to have met so many nice people over the years and most keep in touch.  If I run into any of them, I can be guaranteed a big hug.  I love hugs, the whole world could use more hugs.  Thanks for all the hugs.

My Facebook friends who make me smile, my Twitter friends who cheer me up 140 characters at a time, the people at karaoke who laugh at my songs and don't throw tomatoes at me. Thanks!

I am thankful that I just have Parkinson's Disease and not something more serious, that my Doctors really seem to care about me, that I haven't lost my sense of humor, that my step-daughter and grandson are good people, and that I live in America.
I am thankful that I live in Yuma, Arizona where the sun is always shining and it never snows and occasionally, because I am always up early, and because it's taken several hours to write this, I get treated to beautiful sunrises like this one I just saw.

What are you thankful for?

Thank you for reading this story, I hope you enjoyed it. This is just one of a hundred stories in my book, Parkinson's Humor - Funny Stories about My Life with Parkinson's Disease. Please consider purchasing a copy from or your favorite online book seller. Thank you and have a Happy Parkie Day!


  1. We are Thankful that you share your humor with us!

  2. I have too many blessings to list here, but one of them is I am so thankful for the support I get from your blog. Thanks for writing it!

  3. Diane Noble Bev, I hadn't read this one before and I'm so grateful for the reposting. You have such a wonderful, positive perspective! Thank you for reminding us to look for (and take joy in) those things that really matter. You are a blessing, Bev!! This week I start through a new battery of tests unrelated to the PD, and my tendency is to focus on the possible outcomes, forgetting to look for the beauty of the sunrise (I too am up by 4 am each day), or to enjoy the laughter and love and blessings of family and friends. Your words are such a great reminder to lift my eyes heavenward with a thankful heart today. You're the best -- keep it up!

  4. Thanks for re-posting, I am in simular situation, different disorders, but feel the same way you do. I shared, and bookmarked it for when I run into people who need it. I have my "thing/blog" ish thing in my info and about, although its also a catch-up from elementary school to present. It takes me a while to type things too, sometimes, when I make new friends, I have to remind them I type slow, sometimes more then once, but thats ok, it balances out with my old friends who wait- not quite as long, and get something that is only readable to them. :) Cathy