For These Things…


“When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light. For your life and strength, give thanks for your food and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies with yourself.” – Tecumseh Shawnee

For my best friend, Bob Lee, who opened his home to me for an early Thanksgiving celebration a couple of days ago, who saw the photo at right unfolding spontaneously and decided to make a record of it.

For the friendship and love that Bob and his wonderful family have extended to this odd little traveler over the years. 

For Bob’s example as a friend and teacher in the military (anybody who “snaps to” for a two-striper, but makes a colonel earn every ounce of deference, has a lot going for him).

For the companionship and loyalty of a good dog. Mark Twain had it right when he observed that if Heaven went by merit, our dogs would go in first.

For the privilege of spending 20 years wearing my country’s uniform.

For the gift of liberty which, while currently in disrepute, holds the key to America’s past and future glory.

For the insipidly terrible, metaphysically gawd-awful, cosmically stupid rap “music” that is currently destroying the restaurant’s speaker system, for it will remain here while I walk to the truck, having gained a new appreciation and reverence for silence. Also, I pray the lead “singer” recovers from his (apparently) strenuous battle with Tourette Syndrome.

For the good fortune of having to work today, when there are so many who are looking for work.

For the privilege of driving a truck that honors all who have worn the nation’s uniform and defended the Constitution, the American people, and liberty itself.

For the men and women who today stand watch on freedom’s front lines, for their sacrifice and fidelity. May we again become worthy of their sacrifice.

For those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, whose incredible devotion stands as testimony to the price of freedom. 

For their families, who observe this and every holiday with an empty place at the table, and an unhealed emptiness in their hearts. May God comfort them, and may we always be grateful for their sacrifice.

For the privilege of being part of a family that truly understands that families look out for each other.

For grandparents, great grandparents, and even great great grandparents whose lives were a graduate course in the virtues of fidelity, patience, steadfastness, sacrifice, love, humor, a wonderful tradition of story-telling, devotion to God and country, and some of the best cooking in the free world.

For parents whose devotion to their children was never in doubt, who taught by word and deed, who would to this day fight hell itself for us, and whose love grows daily.

For my children, Benjamin and Christie, who are such an inspiration as I watch them grow into adulthood. I’m proud beyond words to be their Dad. 

For the sun which rises and sets in my little grandson’s eyes. 

For a good gumbo, a friendly smile, and the delightful humor that bubbles up from my friends in Rayne, Louisiana, every time I visit. 

For Peter Robinson and Rob Long, who decided to take a chance on an obscure and quirky little Cajun truck driver. 

For the incomparable people of Ricochet. This remnant of liberty loving, strong-hearted people who truly are the “smartest in the room,” have become a family to me, and I am thankful beyond measure to be in their number and bask in their warm wisdom.

For the Author of our Freedom and my Redeemer, Who knew me before I was born and yet extended His infinite love and grace to me anyway.

From my home on wheels to your home and family, Happy Thanksgiving.

There are 19 comments.

  1. Member

    A blessed Thanksgiving to you as well. Hope you enjoy your few days off the road with friends and family.

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    • November 22, 2012 at 8:51 am
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  2. Inactive


    Dig in!

    • #2
    • November 22, 2012 at 9:08 am
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  3. Founder

    Darn, it Dave. When you’re not making me laugh out loud, you’re choking me up.

    “This remnant of liberty.” That’s the way I’ll be thinking of Ricochet from now on.

    Happy Thanksgiving, brother.

    • #3
    • November 22, 2012 at 9:50 am
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  4. Inactive

    Dave; You are among the most prized of Ricochet members. We are thankful to God that He has servants among us who show Him by their very presence.

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    • November 22, 2012 at 9:53 am
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  5. Member

    we are thankful for you dave. godspeed.

    • #5
    • November 22, 2012 at 10:07 am
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  6. Member

    You, Dave, the man who goes anywhere and everywhere the road leads, with a smile on his face and a song streaming from his heart, you’re the best.

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    • November 22, 2012 at 10:22 am
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  7. Member

    Dave, my family and I are forever grateful for your friendship and companionship. Your visits are always a wonderful event. 

    And thank you for your work. There wouldn’t be any turkey and gravy without the efforts of you and your comrades to ensure that food and other necessities are delivered across this nation every day.

    May God watch over you on your journey.

    • #7
    • November 23, 2012 at 2:49 am
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  8. Thatcher

    Magnificent as always, sir! Happy Thanksgiving and Godspeed!

    • #8
    • November 23, 2012 at 3:04 am
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  9. Inactive


    Its always a joy reading your work. If Twain and Tecumseh left tread marks, they’d be yours.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

    • #9
    • November 23, 2012 at 3:41 am
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  10. Member

    Amen, Dave! Hope it’s been a blessed, happy and tasty Thanksgiving…God bless and keep ya’ real good!

    • #10
    • November 23, 2012 at 4:51 am
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  11. Reagan

    That pup is so lucky to have you, Dave, scratching him/her behind the ears.

    That’s how we all feel when your words of wisdom and insight sift gently around us.

    A comfortable and grateful glow.

    • #11
    • November 23, 2012 at 7:27 am
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  12. Member

    Thanking God for this modern technology that allows us to read and enjoy your wonderful essays, from the comfort of our hearth.

    I pray that you feel God’s hand of guidance and protection every hour, this Thanksgiving and throughout your travels ahead!

    • #12
    • November 23, 2012 at 7:51 am
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  13. Member

    Thanks for this. Happy Black Friday and safe travels.

    • #13
    • November 23, 2012 at 9:18 am
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  14. Member

    Safe travels Dave and keep thanking the morning light.

    • #14
    • November 23, 2012 at 9:19 am
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  15. Member

    God bless and keep you Dave! 

    • #15
    • November 23, 2012 at 10:36 am
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  16. Inactive

    Happy Tears! Dave, bless you and your family. Safe travels!

    • #16
    • November 23, 2012 at 12:04 pm
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  17. Member

    and…..I am thankful for you Dave….just knowing we share this road…

    • #17
    • November 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm
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  18. Member

    Well dang, here I was going to post something sarcastic and gloomy. This (properly) makes my instinct seem petty and small.God bless, Dave, and Happy Thanksgiving!(And I’m stealing that brilliant description of rap music for future use…)

    • #18
    • November 23, 2012 at 12:42 pm
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  19. Member

    Thanks once again Dave.

    May the Lord richly bless you and yours!

    • #19
    • November 24, 2012 at 7:56 am
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