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Andrea's Anecdotes
How lucky we are

by Andrea Beaudoin

November 13, 2013

I was watching the news recently and I saw three little girls on television in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan.

I just knew in my heart the little girls were cold, hungry and scared. I immediately thanked god right then and there for my fortunate circumstances.

When I see all the people in Philippines with no food or water it makes me appreciate how lucky I am to be an American citizen with a good life.

I am thankful everything I own or people I know are not in jeopardy of being washed away in minutes. I am thankful to be in a safe place in Michigan, in the United States.

Next time complaints fly about dinner or the term "I'm starving" is just kinda' thrown out there, just know there are millions of people truly starving in the world. Millions of people are cold, hungry, scared or living in war zones.

I am thankful that I have never had to go to war or live in a war ridden area. Just the thought of being in a war situation terrifies me to the core.

Guys that come home from battle are never the same. At the Veteran's Day luncheon at the Clarkston American legion, Vietnam veteran Ron Burrill said of war, "You are taught not to hurt people your whole life and then you go into battle and it's them or you."

The sad reality as war continues is that many of our veterans never return home the same person. My father was a Vietnam veteran and by all accounts he was never again the same.

I am thankful for my freedom and the great country I live in with great infrastructure, nice roads, quality health care and education. America would not be all it is if not for those serving in wars.

A heavy toll has been paid.

It is because of America's outstanding men and women we live in such a great country.

I am thankful for the incredible bravery, and if you are a veteran who returned home and never felt the same, I can only think that maybe it would help to share your story.

If you would like to tell your story please call The Clarkston News and ask for me.

Did you know that if you have $15 you are richer than 75 percent of the world's population?