A month to show thankfulness

Column by Joe Webb
Posted 11/28/21

Since it is November and the month for Thanksgiving, I thought I would list a number of things for which I am grateful. I am grateful for my parents. My father gave me a functioning BS detector and …

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A month to show thankfulness

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Since it is November and the month for Thanksgiving, I thought I would list a number of things for which I am grateful.

I am grateful for my parents. My father gave me a functioning BS detector and more importantly taught me that there is no hole so deep you cannot climb out of it. My mom gave me my calmness and sense of justice that keeps things grounded.

I am grateful for friends I had growing up as a kid in Claymont, Delaware, Richmond, Virginia, and other places. I am still in contact with many of them. I just wish I called them more, but time and circumstance happen. This little note lets them know that if no one else thinks the world of them, this wandering soul does.

I am grateful for the men and women of my parents’ generation who email or private message me to let me know that they are thinking of me and just to check up that I am doing OK. Sometimes it is difficult to stop being a mom or dad to every kid from the neighborhood. I am grateful for all four high schools I attended. All four provided me with a breadth and depth of different experiences.

I am grateful for my history and accounting education as an undergraduate. I am grateful that I attended Wabash College in Indiana where I saw how a college is run the right way. I am grateful for the opposite experience at Virginia Commonwealth University.

I am grateful for the brotherhood of a lifetime Delta Chi. I love all of my brothers even the ones I have not seen in 20-plus years. Thank you, brothers, for permitting this admittedly odd duck among you.

I am grateful for all the mentors and role models I have had that have freely dispensed their wisdom and advice to me. I am also grateful for the anti-role models that I have had. They have also contributed by showing me the sort of person I never wish to be.

I am grateful for my experiences in the Colorado GOP. It is not true that only the worst people are involved politically. There are some really wonderful selfless individuals in Colorado who just wish to make America a better place. I have met them and call all of them friends. They have my gratitude for their help and friendship. They know who they are.

I am grateful for being born a Catholic. What was a circumstance of birth became a strong conviction as an adult. I am grateful for the Sacrament of Confession, which helps me to try to be a better person. I am grateful for the self sacrifice and instruction of a myriad of priests and nuns, who gave me good example along the way.

I am grateful for the readers who view this column every month. What I have tried to do is make a list of the things for which I am thankful. It is an example of one American life that was blessed at birth. So readers, what about the examples from your life?

Joe Webb is the former chairman of the Jeffco Republican party.

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