Letter of thanks: For those who weave fabric of America

Crunching through the big leaf maples’ golden carpet along a treasured greenbelt, I pause and reflect. The capering of a gray squirrel, the scold of a native Douglas, the spotting of foraging deer or stealthy coyote grows my love of the cedars and firs that adorn Northwest’s green spaces. Preserving this canopy of green and wildlife — nature’s treasure — requires resolve and work. Environmental champions are a blessing!

Other human treasures come to mind, too. Health care workers and those in service bring ongoing thanks. Doctors and nurses scurry to give vaccines or treat as covid patients overload hospitals. They and fire personnel spend extra hours, take extra risks. Others in uniform have committed to serve and protect! Veterans heard this call! Our reward is chance for life and health!

How great this middle class, suburban neighborhood where my husband and I have lived decades and raised our family! The comradery fostered cherished friends who share activities from book to garden clubs with community parades, egg hunts and more. Now a younger generation has settled here. The children wave a hand as they travel to school! Having homes nestled among greenbelts in a well-planned design is a gift.

Thanksgiving reminds me, too, to cherish this democracy. I exercise rights, share opinions and vote. Voting, health care workers, our veterans, environmental champions, this neighborhood, natural wonders: these thread the fabric of America with the wisdom to establish this beloved holiday!

Joan Smith


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