For what are you thankful?
I put that five-word question to readers around this time every year, in advance of an annual “Thankful” column that runs each Thanksgiving Day. It never fails to produce a torrent of heart-warming and uplifting answers, as well as a few surprises.
Last year, Rochelle Loritts of Roanoke was thankful for a kidney, donated by her adult son, to replace both of her disease-ravaged ones. It wasn’t long before she was off dialysis and feeling like a new woman, walking 5 miles every week.
Thomas Allen sent a handwritten list, which he worked on for a long time.
It started with meeting his wife-to-be at a prayer meeting in the late 1940s. It closed with a story of leaving his wallet in a restaurant in 2011, and later getting it back. The Roanoke County man died the day after he sent the letter.
Families are a focus of much of your thanks. For many it’s hard to imagine life without them. But it’s in the specifics that we find the gems.
In 2009, Allison Rowland of Roanoke wrote that she might not have made it through a difficult divorce without unwavering support from her parents and brother, and her children, a “constant source of love and inspiration.”
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