I am thankful for my sister teaching me the importance of good soup.

I am thankful for my brothers teaching me that making people laugh is way more important than making them mad when trying to get a point across.

I am thankful for the calmness of my father and the strength of my mother.

I am thankful that my children can use electronics with ease since I’m still not always sure how to plug in my mouse and when my printer stops working I am tempted to throw it out a window.

I am thankful for my husband who puts up with my wild ideas and supports me without question (okay, some questions….or a lot of questions and maybe some odd noises, lots of odd noises)

I am thankful for peacocks, because no matter how stressful a day has been, their unequaled beauty will always make you smile.

I am thankful for my tenants, because without them I would forget how to count to ten before speaking.

I am thankful for the light that comes on when I flip a switch and the warm water that flows from the faucet. I am thankful for the screens that keep the state bird (mosquito) out of my house when the nights get cool.

I am thankful to each and every person that reads this article, and to those that like to share them (like a plumber in Florida who posted my article about the shortage of tradespeople that has now been shared over 112,000 times!)

I am thankful to live in a country where I can voice my opinions.

I am hopeful that people will remember the true purpose of Thanksgiving and not just think of it as a big meal before shopping. We are moving way too fast and leaving too many important things behind. I want things to slow down. I want to have community caroling by the Christmas tree on Christmas eve with hot apple cider and coco and fresh baked cookies. I want people to stop worrying about what to buy and instead I want them to think about people who are important to them and how a phone call or a visit would mean so much.

I want everyone to be thankful and to be hopeful and to know that each and every person matters.

Remember knowledge is power and a smile or act of kindness is free so get busy!


Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.