Much to be thankful for

Adri's Adventures

Once again the busyness of life has taken me away from my column, my apologies readers! With Thanksgiving coming up in less than a week, I feel it is only appropriate to dedicate this column to an assortment of reasons I am thankful this holiday season.

My family. The past year has been filled with a lot of ups and downs. As last Thanksgiving was spent with my mom in the hospital, we are all very excited to be able to celebrate this year at home. Hopefully this year with zero to little “excitement.” I’m just happy that my parents and siblings are all in good health once again.

Friends and loved ones. The older I get the more I’m starting to understand the importance of the people who purposefully stay in my life. Life can be difficult and honestly hard to get through sometimes, so having people you can count on in times of trouble is a huge blessing. This is especially true for a big-hearted, often-anxious young adult like myself. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support and love of my friends.

Country music. As an early birthday present, my sister took me to a Cole Swindell concert in Kansas City. We donned our boots and celebrated my 25th birthday singing along to one of our favorite country artists. Standing mere feet away from the country crooner while he performed live is something I’ll never forget.

I also have family near Kansas City, so we had the opportunity to catch up with my cousin and her new husband too. After a rough couple of months, it was wonderful taking a break to enjoy some family, food and fun.

Growing older. In the weeks leading up to the big 2-5, I wasn’t too excited. Turning 25 means I’m officially closer to 30 than 20, which is a slightly traumatic thought to me. To boost my spirits, I’ve been toying with the idea of having a quarter-century life crisis to prep me for my future mid-life crisis. I don’t think I’ll be getting too crazy with it however. I don’t see a shiny red convertible in my near future.

In both my professional and personal life, I have seen far too many young lives taken, so I’m going to be grateful for every coming day I’m given. Besides, I’ve always gotten the best advice from my oldest relatives. Hopefully someday I will be passing down my own tidbits of wisdom to my kids and grandkids.

My last thank you is for this community. Thank you for trusting me to tell the stories of Webster City and the people who reside here. Without your trust, cooperation and communication I would not be able to do this job.

I hope everyone is able to spend this Thanksgiving with family, friends and loved ones. May we all remember that there is so much to be thankful for.