Thankful for family blessings at Thanksgiving

DELTONA -- Thanksgiving hs always been one of my favorite holidays. Our family gathers in the early afternoon around a table filled with the specialty dishes of the “roasting, cooking and baking."

Before we begin the feast we always go around the table and say what we are grateful for. Everyone participates and the comments become a kind of recap of the year the family has enjoyed. Many of the comments are poignant, some are routine and others are funny. I always look forward to hearing what the nieces, nephews and grands are thankful for. And they never disappoint.

Many times they express thanks for a special food that graces the table, or a toy that is a favorite. Sometimes they surprise me with the depth of their thoughts and sometimes they are just funny. One of the thankful comments that stand out the most for me is the one my grandnephew offered up some years back. He was thankful for toilet paper. He though he was quite the comic and we all laughed and said what a funny kid he was and yes, that after much thought that was indeed a worthy thankful message.

We are also thankful that our family can gather at the table filled with food. We are thankful that our extended family doesn’t have to travel very far to enjoy the day together. We are thankful that my mother, now approaching 93 years of age, still has her health and always brings a special dessert (her cheese cake is one of my favorites) to finish the meal.

And yes we are even thankful for toilet paper.

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Headline Surfer® is the award-winning 24/7 internet newspaper in Lake Mary serving greater Daytona Beach-Orlando via, initially launched April 7, 2008 as It is owned and operated by Publisher Henry Frederick, the Sunshine State's top journalist the last two years with seven Florida Press Club awards.
Frederick is the author of two upcoming books expected to hit bookstores in early 2014: The first book is on his coverage of the George Zimmerman trial in Sanford, FL, titled, "Creepy Ass Cracker."
The second book, "Wrestling ReWind," deals with the 2012 gunshot-suicide of retired professional wrestler Mike Graham during the Biketoberfest motorcycle rally in Daytona Beach, FL,. The book examines the popularity of the theater of the absurd in and out of the squared-circle, along with trivia, lots of photos and a countdown of the Top 1,000 wrestlers of the past 50 years.
Frederick has secured publishing rights to a third as yet untitled book. He and his wife, Serafina King-Frederick, who assists him with the home-based operation as the multi-media editor, moved to Lake Mary from New Smyrna Beach in September.
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Pat Northey of Deltona is the dist. 5 representative on the Volusia County Council. She writes an occasional blog for Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet newspaper serving 10 counties in greater Daytona Beach-Orlando, FL, via She has held the dist. 5 seat representing greater Deltona since 2006. She's also a former two-term at-large incument who was twice selected by her colleagues to serve as county chair before that seat was an elected post.