A time to be thankful

By Gray Hughes


‘Tis the time of year where we reflect and talk about everything for which  we are thankful.

Every year, my family goes around the table at Thanksgiving, and we all say something for which we are thankful. I know it sounds cheesy, but it’s always been one of my favorite traditions of Thanksgiving.

This year, I have a lot of things for which I am thankful. I will try to share as many as I can with you, if you will indulge me.

First off, I am thankful for all the people at Southern Hills Publishing. I know I’m new at this, and I have been on the job for less than a month, but I have truly, truly enjoyed the opportunity they gave me to be the editor for your hometown newspaper. Thank you, everyone, for giving me this opportunity.

Of course, I am thankful for my girlfriend and my family. You all have stood by me through my best times and my worst. You picked me up when I was down, lent a hand when I needed one and supported me when I needed support. You celebrated my success like no others can or have done so before. My success is your success.

I am thankful for my friends. I have been blessed with some of the best friends one could ask for. I am fortunate enough to keep in contact with my high school friends over the years, and we are still very close. I would do anything for them, and I would like to think they would do anything for me. Whenever I need someone to talk to, I know they are all just a text or phone call away.

My college friends have been just as good. They have been there to guide me through some challenges in life. They encouraged me to become a journalist, from having me edit papers during study hours to helping me get a more detailed eye for grammar to putting me in charge of my fraternity’s alumni letter to helping me write stories, and they continue to support my endeavors.

Since I started as editor, pretty much everyone to whom I am close from high school and college has reached out and let me know they’re proud of me. That really means the world to me.

I am thankful for coffee. You help me get out of the bed in the morning and make it through my day. The same goes for tea. I look forward to my afternoon tea at 3 p.m. every day. It’s just the pick me up I need to get through the rest of my day.

I am thankful for the countless teachers and professors I had in grade school and college. You each touched my life in more ways than I can count. My math and science teachers, my worst subjects, taught me to never quit or give up on myself when I don’t understand something. My history and political science teachers and professors taught me to look at the world differently and question what I’ve read as well as to think for myself. My English teachers and professors helped me write and introduced me to some of the most influential writers and thinkers.

I use all of these in my current job. I wouldn’t be the journalist I am without you all.

Spotify, you’re next. You entertain me to no end when I’m at work. Whether it’s music or a podcast, you make the hours fly by. Thank you, Spotify.

All the first responders, doctors, nurses, police officers and those fighting for our freedom cannot be forgotten. Our society would not be what it is without them.

I am thankful for the Philadelphia Eagles finally winning a Super Bowl, Joel Embiid for making 76ers basketball interesting again, Gritty, the Flyers new mascot, for entertaining us to no end, and Rhys Hoskins for giving Phillies baseball hope and life again.

Finally, I would like to thank you, the reader. You have allowed me to come into your house through my words. The trust between reader and editor is imperative. Thank you for letting me be your editor.

So, with these in mind, I just want to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. May your day be filled with family, friends, turkey and football.