What Are You Thankful For?

thankfulI was sitting at a café this morning when I overheard an elderly man and his granddaughter nearby talking about Thanksgiving. He was drinking coffee, she had a hot cocoa with those tiny marshmallows that seem to make everyone smile. The young girl looked about nine or ten.

“What are you thankful for?” he asked.

She took a second to think about it, then listed off some friends, items she’d purchased over the last year or so, vacations, some family members, and a pet. It was a pretty adult-sounding list for a very young girl. I was impressed.

“How about you, grandpa?” she asked. I had my sunglasses on, but wondered if he could see me looking on in anticipation. Something about that man reminded me of my own grandfather, and I had a feeling his answer would be just right.

He looked down at his coffee, took a sip, and then looked back at his granddaughter.

“Your grandma and the way I saw the world when I was with her.”

I smiled, wondering what the woman had been like who had inspired him over the years, wondering what they had seen and learned together.

Someone soon came by to pick up the little girl. The elderly man stayed at that table nearby, drinking his coffee in deep thought. I never said a word to him, but the sentence he had uttered moments before had really made me think.

What was I thankful for?

The rain.

My dog’s bark.

“I love you” at midnight.

My mother’s laugh.

My best friend’s terribly inappropriate jokes.

New York City.


My father’s good night calls.


Hubbell Gardiner in The Way We Were.

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s words.

Getting lost on a dance floor.

His vulnerability.

I could go on and on.

So, take a minute and think about what you’re thankful for this week. Let it make you smile and fill you up. Let it remind you what matters in this crazy world we live in.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

Jedediah Bila is a Fox News host and commentator, author, columnist, and former professor and academic dean. Follow Jedediah on Twitter @JedediahBila.

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3 years ago

I am thankful for my new best friend Buddy. I am thankful that I had a serious cancer at 43 & because I did I learned how to savor life, to know there is God & I am not Him

Bud Farrell
6 years ago

I am thankful for my parents having done the best they could…and for my B-29 Combat crew of 11 over Korea in 1952, now all gone but thought of every day. I am thankful for the country that gave me the G.I. Bill and a college education and brought my wife to me 64 years ago and an education that gave me a job for 32 years and a pension still…3 sons with good jobs and character! I am thankful for the many people who have protected me and my family in so many ways…medical services, our military in so many places, and PARTICULARLY the police and other protective services who have been out there in harms way every day of my 83 years…MAY GOD BLESS AND PROTECT THEM !

6 years ago
Reply to  Bud Farrell

It wasn’t easy in Korea but we made it back with the help of God. I’ll always be thankful for the added protection of the Allied air support, especially the F-80’s and low altitude bombing runs. Yes I still get bad dreams in the night, sometimes, but my meds do help. Thanks to you and all our buddies that helped us return back home. God Bless.

Diana Erbio
6 years ago

I am thankful I live in America with its freedoms. I pray Americans stand together to protect them.

6 years ago

I am thankful for life! I cheated death for our country and would do it again. America THANK YOU for letting me serve you in the U.S. ARMY!

6 years ago
Reply to  Patrick

Thank you for your service, Patrick. You are one of America’s heros.

Caroline Woodis
6 years ago
Reply to  Patrick

Thank you for your willingness to serve your countrymen. Your willingness to do it again is even more admirable — now you know how much sacrifice it actually takes– for you and your family. I love our veterans and thank God for you all and pray for the safety of those still serving and for the healing of those injured and for provision of those who have returned. Thank you. You are all heroes to us.

6 years ago


6 years ago
Reply to  ANN

Dear Ann,
No officially approved treatment but surely your husband has taken something natural like what is used in other countries: Things like 3 drops of food or pharmaceutical grade (35%) Hydrogen Peroxide (not the drug store kind) in a daily cup of distilled water. How about double doses of magnesium and triple of iodine (Icelandic kelp), both woefully deficient in most American diets and critical for good health. The leading American scientist and doctor on iodine takes 20 times the so-called daily requirement which is what average Japanese get and they are one of the longest lived peoples on earth. How about extra Vitamin D-3 and Vitamin K-2 (Mk-7) to magnify it’s effects, and how about 750 mg of turmeric extract with a bit of crushed ginger or 5 mg of black pepper extract to help with the absorption? I’ve taken these and more for years as I’ve lost many friends to the cancer industry and most were just 30 to 45 years. Daily prayer helps but you had better eliminate all Non-organic or at least all GMO foods that have flooded our markets for over 20 years now. French scientists at Caen University did double blind tests on our GMO corn (illegally – did you know it was illegal to test things like our GMO corn without the permission of the companies who own it’s pattern and who will not allow it). Based on these impeccable studies on lab rats (the first rat got cancer after 120 days but 90% had tumors by middle age) well you can guess what they are predicting for those who eat American GMO corn – a skyrocketing cancer rate in another 20 years (or less). Of course our 100 million acres of GMO corn is subsidized by the government and is perfectly safe according to the FDA. Of course Monsanto tested American rats and fed them some GMO corn for just 90 days and they seemed OK so the FDA approved it for humans and it’s now in thousands of American food products. The French tested their lab rats and fed them as little as 10% and as much as 37% of our GMO corn and in addition to the cancers fertility was a problem even in the first generation and worse in the second. There was no fourth generation because by the third generation the rats were totally sterile. What a wonderful way to reduce the world population say some. I don’t know the statistics on this but there has been skyrocketing infertility in humans and even among some farm animals who have no choice but to eat this stuff. Even the alcohol in pure vanilla is made from not so pure GMO corn alcohol. I don’t eat any corn or corn products unless it’s USDA certified Organic or verified NON-GMO. I travel over 70 miles round trip to buy many organic foods from a Trader Joe’s but even Walmart has some soups and spaghetti that are organic (from Italy where people are much more knowledgeable and concerned with their health). There is so much that is known but even PhD’s and Medical Doctor’s have been ruined or jailed for trying to get it to the public. One was beaten so severely that he is paralyzed for life in one country as we spread this around the world with the help of a few billionaires who are very interested in reducing the world population. It is extremely difficult to eliminate all Glyphosate Modified Organisms from our diet (ever eat out?) but so far there are only about a dozen things that are modified genetically to resist glyphosate so it’s not impossible but all your major oils and all products made with corn or soy, canola and cotton seed oil have been GMO for decades and pure sugar has been GMO for about 18 years now UNLESS it’s “cane” sugar. That’s still the way God and nature made it. I have never eaten a lot of meat but for years now I won’t eat it unless it’s organic or local grass fed and raised without anti-biotics, as our regular beef, turkey and pork, cannot be sold in 160 nations, but it’s good enough for Americans, and although their own scientists told them not to approve it, the FDA recently approved a GMO salmon, and I stopped eating pineapples from Costa Rica when I found out they were probably GMO. I buy local eggs from free range chickens that are not fed corn.

Cancer’s not the only thing that has skyrocketed since GMO foods (labeled in every country in Europe but hidden here) has infiltrated our food supply. Alzheimer’s is up over 500% and Autism in children, once only one in 10,000 when Ronald Raegan was elected president is now something like one in 62 and is expected to hit half of all the children born in the USA (that’s 50% or one out of two) in another 17 years according to cutting edge research done a couple of years ago by Prof. Stephanie Seneff, a senior research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology but don’t worry, our new socialized medicine will help with a small percent of the cases. One word of warning, always go on line to investigate all the side effects of whatever drugs your doctor writes you a prescription for. My dentist recently wrote me a prescription, an antibiotic called Clindamycin. I was shocked at over ten pages of adverse reports, dozens and dozens of severe problems the least of which seemed to be 1 to 10 percent getting a severe and sometimes hard to treat diarrhea and a similar number get skin lesions similar to sun burn and something called Sweets Syndrome and much more. I don’t think anyone died but sadly some 2,000 Americans PER WEEK do die from the prescriptions their doctors give them, yes that’s well over 100,000 a year, and a few of them have been friends of mine. Learn all you can. Even God speaking through one of His prophets in the Old Testament of the Bible said, “My people perish for lack of knowledge.” Sadly this is more true today than it has ever been.

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