Kyle Troutman: Pass the peas and thanks
This week, when we all sit down at the dinner table with family and friends -- hopefully with a big bird and enough peas and potatoes to put us in food comas -- we should take a minute to give thanks for what we have.
While I'm not a billionaire with a supermodel wife and a beachside house in the Bahamas (well, not yet anyway), I can think of plenty of things for which to be thankful.
First and foremost, I am thankful for my parents, because even though times were not always easy, my mother and father did everything they could do to raise me and my siblings to be upstanding adults who love life and have respect for everyone around us.
I give thanks to my siblings, because even though we've had our differences and bonked each other on the head a few times, nothing can replace the bond brothers and sisters share.
I give thanks to my slew of friends I left behind in Arkansas when I moved to Cassville, because even though I wouldn't get to see them every weekend like before, the memories we made and fun times we had for the past six years are things that can never be taken away from me.
I give thanks to my boss and my friend, Jacob Brower, who has always had faith in me and has given me a great opportunity in Barry County that I would have not had without his help.
I give thanks to our reporter, Jason Johnston, because without him, putting out weekly papers with news you want to read would not be possible.
I give thanks to our sports editor, Jared Lankford, who has a love for sports and Barry County teams that is unrivaled by anyone I've met.
I give thanks to those who have been here before me, like Darlene Weirman, because her knowledge of more than 40 years of service at the Cassville Democrat is an asset to me that could never be replaced.
I give thanks to everyone who works at Roaring River State Park, because many times over the summer, going fishing was like therapy for me since I could not go see my friends as easily as I used to.
I would say I give thanks to the trout at Roaring River, but they don't seem to like me very much, even if my last name is Troutman.
I give thanks to sports. As a soccer player since I was 3, sports have played a major role in my life and taught me lessons in teamwork, fair play, respect and humility -- all lessons that can be applied to every aspect of life.
I give thanks to technology, when it decides to work properly, because without it, my job would be much more difficult, and I would not be able to keep in such easy and constant contact with the family and friends I no longer live as close to.
And last, but most certainly not least, I give thanks to you, the reader. Your continued support is helping keep small-town journalism alive.
Most of the time, my work does not seem like work because it's so fun to get out, meet new people and share amazing stories from our area. From the love of a couple who has been married more than 60 years in Bill and Adella Horner, to the Cassville High School junior whose tutoring program was the answer to his principal's prayers, to the chance to spend 30 minutes talking to a Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader, finding interesting stories and sharing them with the world is one of the most enjoyable aspects of working for a newspaper.
For that, I could never give enough thanks.
Kyle Troutman is the editor of the Cassville Democrat. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 417-847-2610.