Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted: 21st November 2012 by Aaron Hagen in Uncategorized
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I wanted to take a moment to wish each and every one of you a Happy Thanksgiving.

I know we should all do it more often, but Thanksgiving is a day when we can truly count our blessings.

As I write this, I am counting the minutes until I can leave for a long weekend. I am thankful for the employment opportunity the Daily Globe has given me. In a time when so many are searching for employment, I am thankful to have a company who allowed a young journalist the opportunity to grow and transform.

I am thankful for new opportunities. When I first started here in Worthington, I was a sports writer. That led to being a sports editor. Now, I am the Community Content Coordinator. What that is, I still haven’t really figured out. The best I can figure, I’m a person who can do a lot of different jobs within the newsroom. My newest opportunity will be covering the city beat. I believe I went to one city council meeting when I was in college, but that was it. Now, I’ll be a regular in the chambers. I am excited — and thankful — for the opportunity to look into issues and topics as they arise.

And while I am moving onto a new opportunity, so is my family. A week ago, my parents moved across the state of Iowa to Pomeroy, a small town close to Fort Dodge. I am thankful they have a new place to call home.

For the first time, I will be heading to their new home. We will enjoy a Thanksgiving meal — my mom threatened¬†goulash– and have time together as a family.

My maternal grandparents will be joining us, which makes me thankful for family. My family isn’t large, but I love each and every one of them more than they know. I am very fortunate to have three living grandparents who have spoiled me more than my parents know. I can’t every thank them enough for all they have done for me.

As I leave Worthington — even for a few days — I can’t help but think about how fortunate I am for all my friends. I have made so many in high school, college and here in town that I can’t possibly name them all. Each one of them have a place in my heart. We’ve shared in good times and in bad times. But through it all, I am thankful for each of them.

I am thankful for the newest person in my life, my girlfriend, Kelsey. Some days I’m not sure why she puts up with me, but I am thankful she does. She is a beautiful person inside and out, and I am so fortunate to have someone like her in my life. Even though it’s only been a few months, I know this is just the start of something special.

I’m also thankful for you, the people I may have never met. I thank you for reading this blog and this paper. This is why I do what I do. It’s the reason I get out of bed in the morning — even though most days I don’t want to.

There are so many things to be thankful for in life I could probably write for days on end. I won’t, but know I have been blessed with many, many great things in my life.

I hope everyone reading this — friends, family, acquaintances, strangers — has a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!