Today is Thanksgiving and every year, I think about what I’m thankful for, and the list seems to get longer and longer.
Of course, I’m thankful for my family, even though sometimes they drive me crazy. I’m sure I drive them crazy, too. But that’s family.
I’m thankful that Djibouti Girl, my sister, Dorothy, will be coming back to the United States after working the past two years in the African country. I think she’ll be pretty glad to be back home in Charleston, too.
I’m really glad that my nephew, Scott, will not be going to Afghanistan any time soon. He got orders to go to Okinawa, where we spent two years a long, long time ago. That will give us an excuse to go visit him and see how much the island has changed. I’m thankful that I have a job that I love, and I’m thankful for all the people I’ve met through the years. Some of them have become very, very good friends.
Speaking of friends, I’ve got some great ones. And I love you all.
Once again, I’ve had a pretty good year, so here’s to the start of another one.
What soldiers are eating today
Last week, my friend, Elsie Jackson, who works in the Public Affairs Office at Fort Benning, sent me an e-mail that made me thankful I’m not a cook in the U.S. Army.
Here’s what the chefs cook for the 19 dining facilities on post for Thanksgiving dinner: 10,265 pounds of turkey, 4,782 pounds of ham, 3,126 pounds of steamship round, 3,010 pounds of beef prime rib, 2,910 pounds of shrimp, 618 pounds of Cornish hens, 2,610 pumpkin pies, 2,838 pecan pies, 2,556 sweet potato pies and 1,656 coconut cream pies.
That’s what they mean when they say they’re feeding an army.
Something fun to do today
If you’ve kids around, they’re probably bored after eating and have no interest in the football games.
Get them in the car and go to the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus, 1002 Victory Drive.
Yup, it’s open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today.
And on Friday-Saturday, uniformed Civil War sailor re-enactors will tell the story of the battle for the USS Water Witch.
Tours will run at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
Tickets are $5-$6.50, which is less than the cost of a movie.
And the kids will learn something.
Sandra Okamoto, sokamoto@ledger- enquirer.com or 706-571-8580.