As we celebrate our state’s centennial, we might choose to look at many of the reasons we have for being thankful to call New Mexico our home. In order to let you fill in the names of your own friends and relatives, I’m going to write about some of the experiences of last week to use as examples of a few of those reasons.
For instance, I had the opportunity to visit with several classmates from THS and was reminded of how fortunate we were to have received a top secondary education in our home town. We talked, laughed, and recalled many of the great times we had during those years. We also remembered some of the sad times as we reflected and seemed to agree that such times made us stronger and maybe even more thoughtful. We just naturally enjoyed each other’s company and were most grateful to have collected such memories.
A good friend from New Mexico State University drove in one evening to have dinner and to remind me of the chapter of life I spent in teaching on that campus. She keeps me up to date on the happenings there and makes me aware of how fortunate I was to receive three degrees from that university and to have been able to retire from the English Department after having spent a quarter of this first century teaching there.
Because friends are the center of my universe and seem to be in the same place in most of yours, we need to be aware of just how thankful we should be to have friends of all ages and from all walks of life.
Take a few minutes to recall some of those with whom you visited last week. For instance, think of those teenagers who took the time to talk to you and to let you know about some of their hopes and dreams.
Next, think of the various ages of adults with whom you visited and know just how lucky we all are to be able to meet them at every turn. We see the young adults as they are scurrying to work and to take care of their obligations. We see the middle-aged adults and note they often have a little more time for visiting and for talking about this area.
For those of us who are over-the-hill, we see friends within our own age groups and are delighted to be able to visit with them as often as possible. Just to look up to see some of them approaching our table at the local restaurants brightens our days and makes us aware of how very thankful we are to be able to call them our friends.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving let’s be aware of many of the reasons we have for being thankful for living in this “Land of Enchantment.” I know I will be thinking about some of our history and am very pleased to have been able to spend over three-quarters of this first century of statehood in this great state. Have a most blessed Thanksgiving!