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Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon


November 20, 2013 - The beginning of November I noticed a splurge of people on Facebook participating in sharing what they are thankful for every day in the month.

I did not take part in it because I am thankful every day but since Thanksgiving is right around the corner I will share with you, our readers, what I am thankful for in my life.

I am thankful for, of course, my parents. They were supportive when I was a child to up to now.

When I had my heart set on becoming a writer when I was young they didn't try to lead me away from it.

When I needed help in academic classes they offered it or found a way to help me. When I was stressing out about receiving a "B" in physical education they were relaxed about it knowing I was doing my best (especially when running was not in my genetics.)

I am thankful for my friends. They make me laugh. They make me smile. They are there when I am at my weakest moments and allow me to lean on them. They allow me to vent to my heart's content. I am lucky not only to have a handful but quite a few handfuls of friends to talk to and to hang out.

Every day I am thankful I get to go into work at a job I enjoy. I have great coworkers and work in a great community. Clarkston supports their local businesses and all of their teachers and students. Not only with fundraisers but going to sporting events, performances and school functions.

I can't remember everything from elementary but when we had holiday parties I don't remember quite so many parents being there as there are in Clarkston. It's great to see all the parents there for all the parties and events.

It is November and for me as well as millions of writers around the world it is National Novel Writing Month and typing away at 50,000 words in 30 days.

I am thankful for the writers in my group because they know what a crazy month this is for everyone involved. They are supportive to everyone if someone is worried about their word count they are cheering them on. They are supportive even outside of the writing. They have become friends and a NaNoWriMo family.

So yes, I am thankful every day for the big things and for the tiniest things.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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