While getting my belly full at my grandmother’s house Thanksgiving Day I really thought about some of the things I’m thankful for. Good friends, a loving family, healthy children, a good job, an Iron Bowl victory for my favorite team, etc.

You know, the important things.

Yes, I’m thankful for my family, my health, my friends, etc. But I’m talking about the smaller things – maybe that I take for granted…

While my wife and daughter were out shopping later that evening, I sat down and wrote down some of the small things I’m thankful for – the small things we all might take for granted.

Then, I promptly lost my notebook. I found it a day or eight later.

Here are some of the smaller things in life that I’m thankful for, that maybe I should think about more often…

• A nap on a cold Sunday afternoon with a football game on in the background.

• Reruns of the Andy Griffith show. I’ve seen ‘em all – again and again. But, ain’t they great. Just as fresh and funny as they were 50 years ago.

• Newspaper readers – for obvious reasons.

• The wit and wisdom of my grandmother. One of her gems: “He’d sooner climb a tree to tell a lie when he could stand flat-footed on the ground and tell the truth.”

• The “Wizard of Oz.” It’s still one of my favorites. My favorite character – the cowardly lion. “Put ‘em up, put ‘em up.”

• Horses. The most majestic four-legged animal God ever created.

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