In the spirit of giving thanks, the following are a few things for which I am thankful:
 The written word. Admittedly, some words are more deserving of thanks than others as evidenced by the works of Alexandre Dumas and Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
 Arch support inserts! Walking around carrying out a normal day’s activity would be less pain free without these inexpensive shoe accessories.
 We are not insectivores. Thanksgiving dinner and traditional stuffing would not evince the same salivation-inducing reaction if the meal were insect based.
 Dogs for their desire to take an active role in a family, rather than a more casual role such as that of a roommate.
 The pure enjoyment of junk food. Just as importantly, I’m also thankful for the occasional restraint that makes them a treat rather than a dietary staple.
 For having secured the Klem parental college scholarship. This allowed me to imbibe heartily of the college experience without the pressure of bill paying and graduating without the burden of college loan debt. [Thanks, mom and dad!]
 Having found my bride and, 17 years ago, securing her ‘I do.’
 In-laws that are fun to be with. They were the bonus package to the marriage.
 Parents that never lashed out, but instead smartly stated, and showed by example, their positions on life, family, and all things important.
 For having two smart and healthy kids that sometimes play nice together.