Tons to be grateful for in a tough 2020


This has been the craziest 12 months, and in my view, 2020 cannot be gone quickly sufficient.

The terrible coronavirus has affected all the things from our financial system to sports activities to politics. It’s an terrible virus that has taken too many lives and harm too many individuals all around the world.

Nonetheless, there’s a lot to be grateful for.

Household and associates, in fact.

Our household’s Thanksgiving feast (as grandson Fisher Mcaninch has discovered to name it) can be maxed out at eight, and there’s no Corridor-Hatfield get collectively tonight for the primary time in a few years, however it can nonetheless be a day of thanks.

Grateful to get to spend a while with my daughter Whitney Corridor at the moment. We each have been so cautious throughout this pandemic that we have solely seen one another twice, and anybody that is aware of us is aware of that is not proper.

So grateful that vaccinations for the virus are on the way in which, though it’s nonetheless too quickly to make jokes like we came upon what everybody’s actual hair coloration was in these first eight weeks.

The final eight months has been like dwelling that film starring Invoice Murray, “Groundhog Day.” Received a word from the workplace this week that solely two days of trip had been used this 12 months, which is appropriate as a result of there’s nowhere I am keen to journey both by air or automotive.

Grateful, too, that those that pretended the virus wasn’t actual, till they bought it, will not have to attend till final to be vaccinated.

Very grateful for this soccer season, even when it ended this Sunday.

Getting video games in for the Arkansas Razorbacks, Arkansas State Purple Wolves, Central Arkansas Bears and all of the excessive colleges was an actual lengthy shot final summer season.

Basketball began final evening, and that is one thing else to be grateful for. Hopefully, there can be not less than three Arkansas groups touring to Indianapolis for the NCAA Event.

The probabilities of Arkansas-Little Rock and ASU making it are nearly none as a result of they’re each within the Solar Belt Convention.

In March of this 12 months, the probabilities of Arkansas and UALR making March Insanity regarded nice, till it was canceled.

Grateful that the UA employed the proper basketball coach. Eric Musselman has breathed new life right into a program that struggled for too a few years.

Grateful that the UA employed Sam Pittman to educate soccer. There is not a greater slot in America. He could not have been the primary alternative, however he was the proper one.

Grateful UALR lastly employed difference-maker Darrell Walker.

Grateful for them as a result of they make my job simpler and extra enjoyable.

Grateful for the good sports activities employees I get to work with, though all of us have been working from residence since March which has made it actually powerful on assistant sports activities editor Jason Yates and Frankie Frisco.

Particularly grateful to work for a family-owned newspaper that has a dedication to goal journalism and imaginative and prescient. It took me someday to transition to studying the paper on an iPad.

Grateful for my church, Pinnacle Church of Christ, and the management of the elders and ministers Chuck Monan and John Phillips.

Grateful to reside in a rustic the place we’re all free to worship.

Grateful for our founding fathers and freedom of speech.

Grateful to reside within the best state in America and the best nation on the planet.

Arkansas is the Pure State and affords all the things from searching, fishing, tenting, climbing, biking, horse and canine racing and playing. We now have farm lands that develop into mountains. We now have nearly all the things however a seashore.

Grateful for everybody who reads this column and newspaper.

Completely satisfied Thanksgiving.

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