A Tradition Of Thanks
By Joe Ulm
I love Thanksgiving. It’s the one holiday my wife and I host every year and we do all we can to create an enjoyable, relaxing, and welcoming space for friends and family. Over the years, it’s become a holiday full of tradition for us and I look forward to each tradition with all the things that make them so special. This year, however, I’m looking forward to one tradition in particular.
It happens when we’re all seated around the table, as people pass various dishes of food to one another and begin filling their plates. That’s when everyone takes a turn to share one thing they’re thankful for. The tradition isn’t novel, I know, but what people are thankful for, often is.
I’ve been thinking about this tradition and what it will be like this year. After such a crazy year, full of change and challenges none of us could have predicted, what people will say? Will they be searching for reasons to be thankful or will they have trouble choosing from so many? For me personally, the answer is easy – I’ll have trouble picking from so many.
On January 1st this year I followed my beliefs and convictions into this role as President of our club. Two months later, everything changed. That’s been difficult at times for sure, but as I look back on it now, I realize I’m more thankful than I’ve been in a long time. I’m thankful for the trust the board placed in me – and continues to place in me – to lead our Club. Brian, Tony, Toni, Chris, & Adam…thank you. I’m thankful for the group of sharp, talented, and committed people I get to work with every day. Lati, Cari, Erin, & Mark…thank you. I’m thankful for the time, skill, and dedication our coaches bring to our players every time they walk on the field…thank you. I’m thankful for the grace and encouragement so many parents have extended to me this year…thank you.
But most of all, I’m thankful for the love and support my wife has given me throughout – even when I wasn’t always the easiest to love or support. Without her I wouldn’t be able to live my passion; I wouldn’t be able to give my all to our Club, and I wouldn’t be who I am today.
So when the plate is passed to me and it’s my turn to share one thing I’m thankful for, I’ll be picking from a long list, but my answer will be easy. I’ll leave the novel answer to someone else.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.