November 26, 2020 | By Jeri Gore
I have often pondered over this day throughout my life. From being with loads of family laughing over a huge turkey dinner and all the talk and smiles and analyzing whose stuffing is best and simply being together. To being away at college or jobs that have carried us off and unable to return home for Turkey day. I have thought about those with less and those with more. Those with illness and those in seemingly perfect health. Always and I mean every single time I have found thanks. This is not to say, I have not felt a twinge of ‘wow, where am I now’ but true and honest thanks because at every turn I have learned something, and I am grateful for it. I like to separate the word Thanksgiving to Thanks and Giving.
This has been a year like no other. This can be said for each year I realize, and many many generations have crossed bridges and had years they can say this for. For us, at this point in time, this has been a year of highs and lows like I, for one, have never seen or heard.
I would like to Give Thanks to all of you at IAES. I am an AE Warrior and have newly been introduced to a group of people across the continent and globe that have had a hand in helping me get to this place where I am this year. This organization has helped not only me but my family, loved ones and caregivers. I want to say and give thanks to IAES. Thanks for your guidance, virtual smiles, endless conversations (at all hours) with my husband regarding ‘what the hell is happening to Jeri’ and offering to simply be there at every turn. From my heart, THANK YOU all! There are many others that feel this same way. I have the distinct honor to express the feelings of many here. Happy happy Thanks and Giving…..
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