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6 • November 2016 • UPBEAT TIMES, INC. Thanksgiving by Gabriel A. Fraire ~

Healdsburg, CA. ~ Thanks- giving is a great time of year. Having children makes it even better. When I look into the beautiful faces of my daughters I can’t help but feel thankful, thankful for how blessed I am that they are healthy, happy and that we have the


ity to prop- erly care for them. When I’m alone sit- ting thinking about Thanksgiving that is how I feel. When I’m in the middle of

the circus one comes to know as “the holiday season,” well,

that’s a whole

different thing. Like when the table is full of family mem- bers, there is no doubt one of your kids will knock over a glass of liquid, or unintention- ally flip some food onto an- other plate. It’s not so bad when it’s all family but sometimes there are non- family members involved or oc- casionally we’ll get real brave and go to a “friends” house

for Thanksgiving. One time we were visit-

ing friends and the man was barbecuing oysters. A long line had formed waiting for

a bite. Both my daughters were in line. As they reached the front the man looked sur- prised. And he said, “You girls eat oysters?” My young- est responded, “Why? Don’t you?”

Regardless of the circum- stances, chaotic or otherwise, having children is at the top of my list of things for which to be thankful because no matter what else is happen- ing they can always make me smile.

These columns are excerpts from the book Daddy I Need to Go Potty by Gabriel A. Fraire. Fraire has been a writer more than 40 years. He can be reached through his website:

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