With tomorrow being the all-important Thanksgiving holiday, there are two things on the general public’s mind:

  • How turkey, pie and football make for an awesome day.

  • What everyone is thankful for in their lives.

I have written about Thanksgiving foods in the past, and I write about football all the time, so I have been thinking a bit about the things I am most thankful for this year. Oddly, I feel like until you stop and think about those things, they tend to be taken somewhat for granted.

So without further ado, here’s a short list of things I am most thankful for.

I am thankful for a wonderful wife and the most hilarious 3-year-old son a guy can have. My wife and I have been married for just over seven years, and I feel like we do a good job of helping each other get by. I will forever appreciate her patience and demeanor.

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As for the little guy, I am constantly enamored by the things he says and does. I love noticing the weird tics and traits he’s picking up from me - some better than others. I love just watching him play, or listening to him “read” books that he’s memorized because I’ve read them to him hundreds of times.

I have a lot of parenting left ahead of me, but I am so grateful I have ended up with the kid I have.

I’m thankful for the rest of my family - my parents, my grandma, my brother and sister, their spouses and kids and my whole network of in-laws. I know enough people without much of a family support system to fall back on, so to have such a great one is something I hope I never take for granted.

I’m thankful for my two ridiculous cats, Luna and Mork. Now that I work from home, these two do their best to make sure I’m never bored, for better or worse. I would never have assumed a living thing that sleeps 85% of the time would be very entertaining, but they consistently prove me wrong.

I’m thankful the Vikings beat the Packers last weekend. I’ll always be thankful when that happens. The Vikings may not make the playoffs - and probably wouldn’t make too much noise if they do make the playoffs - but sending Green Bay home with a loss is always a silver lining for me.

It was a thoroughly entertaining game as well, if not a little too stressful at times.

Speaking of entertainment, I’m thankful for the silly little things that keep me entertained, like mechanical watches, guitars and podcasts about history. We all need those things to get us through the day, and these are what help me.

I’m thankful for coffee. I shouldn’t need to explain that one, and so I won’t.

Lastly, I am thankful for a job that I truly love, and I’m not just saying that because my editor has to read this too. It is a job that lets me serve some great communities by attending sporting events. For a sports guy like myself, that’s tough to beat.

A lot of things have changed about the job in the past two years, but fortunately the people I work with have not, and neither have the topics I cover.

So what are you thankful for? Take five minutes to think about it, and your list will be longer than you expect.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Dan Determan may be reached at 218-855-5879 or dan.determan@pineandlakes.com. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@PEJ_Dan.