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I am from the rural dirt roads of Botetourt County, Virginia. I choose Longwood because of its size and friendly atmosphere. I am heavily involved in my school and community both here in Farmville and back home in Eagle Rock, Virginia.

I serve as News Editor for The Rotunda, the student newspaper here on campus, and have been writing for the paper since March 2009. I am also a Sergeant-At-Arms for the Longwood University Judicial Board. I have spent this summer discovering the world of online freelance journalism and have quite enjoyed myself.

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November 28, 2010 10:25PM



Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make my Thanksgiving post until today since my dial-up Internet at home, in the sticks, was, as usual, below par. So here it is … only a tad belated.

This is the time of the year where we are all asked to answer that little question we have an entire 365 days to ponder: “What are you thankful for?” Every year, I seem to find myself spitting out the same answer: Family, Friends, and Loved Ones. No doubt, I am thankful for all those things. But it occurred to me that I never really settle down to think through why exactly I am so thankful for those three things. That is until this year, or at least I remember actually doing it this year.

The family is a pretty simple one. They provide for me. Yes, but they provide in ways I might not realize. They have provided for me for nearly 21 years now. That means through meals, through clothes, through electricity I use, through water I take a shower in … it’s endless. The turkey on the table, the decorations around the house, the decadent white fudge my grandmother “slaved over the stove making.” Right, I’m sure that was torture!

And the only reason I am writing this post is because my mother (mama) graciously decided to send me to college using her money that she worked to obtain. That’s what I am truly thankful for. That feeling that they all have decided to provide enough for me so that I can go forward in life and make a living to where I can one day provide for someone else that I love.

The friends category is a little trickier. You don’t really view friends as family very often—unless they are close friends, and especially if they have a girl- or boy- prefix-at-the-beginning-friends. I am thankful for all of my friends. They hold me up when I am falling and they are always there to talk to. They mean a lot and can often do what family is unable to do—listen. Also, it’s convenient that I live, work, or at least eat, with just about all of them. Sounds creepy, but that’s college … and you quickly get used to it.

Loved ones. Now that’s a phrase that everyone takes differently. I thank my loved ones, the ones who aren’t the best friends, and aren’t really family either, for being there. For always showing up and for always being at the forefront. I consider just about everyone I know a loved one since loving is caring and I try my hardest to care for everyone the best I can.

I’m thankful for much more than these three groups of people, but they are at the forefront for sure. I’m thankful for waking up every morning and smelling the cool winter air. I’m also thankful for the good that takes place, the good that overshadows the bad in the world. Not to mention, I’m thankful of the great deals eBay has right now— a college student’s Christmas store for sure.

I hope you were able to consider what all you are thankful for this time of the year. It’s important to do so. While you’re thinking, consider dropping those people that mean something a little note or a little “thank you.” You’ll be surprised what it will mean to them. Happy (belated) Thanksgiving.

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