So many reasons to be thankful

Published 6:39 pm Wednesday, November 22, 2017

By Chris A. Quilpa

It’s Thanksgiving Day again, a good time to be grateful for being alive and together with family and friends sharing faith, freedom, love, joy, peace, unity and bountiful blessings from God.

I have much to be thankful for. To God and His only son, Jesus Christ, I give thanks.

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I give thanks for my deceased parents and parents-in-law, for their love and sacrifices.

I am grateful for my family members and friends, near and far, for their continued love, care and support. Thanks to my former teachers and co-workers and to those educators (especially my wife Freny, son Andrew and daughter, school counselor Christine) who are inspiring our students to acquire good education and have a brighter future.

I thank Robbie, my son-in-law and the loving husband of daughter Christine, for being a part of our family. I thank Charles and Libby, Robbie’s parents, for their friendship and love, and for all the fond memories we have shared together with Robbie and Christine.

I thank the farmers for their bountiful harvest, along with all professionals for helping make our nation great. I appreciate the government officials and employees and private employees, as well, for all that they do to make America a better place to live.

I appreciate the Suffolk News-Herald and its staff, especially editor Res Spears, for his insights and professional expertise. I wish him all the best in his future endeavors and pray that God will bless him and his family. And I wish incoming editor Tracy Agnew the best in her new position. Thanks, likewise, to all of our readers.

During my first Thanksgiving in the United States, more than three decades ago, I was blessed to have my sister Betty and her retired U.S. Navy veteran husband Dennis to help me find my way.

Until that Thanksgiving Day in California, 34 years ago, I had never seen such a huge turkey!

I am thankful for Betty and Dennis, to whom my family will be forever grateful for their love and care, kindness, understanding and generosity.

As an older sibling who filled in the roles of being a mom and a big sister, Betty did an amazing job of helping us get settled here. She made sure we were taken care of until we were able to stand on our own feet.

Likewise, I am grateful for my 92-year old Aunt Emiliana in California, my late father’s only sister. Strong and determined, she can still manage to drive alone to visit my sisters and relatives in San Jose.

On behalf of my family and friends, I thank our police officers for making our community safe and orderly. To our city officials and employees, thank you for your service and professionalism.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! God bless us always, and God bless America!

Chris A. Quilpa, a retired U.S. Navy veteran, lives in Suffolk. Email him at