I have a lot to be thankful every day of the year.

But as Thanksgiving approaches, I always ask myself why - and for what - I am grateful while also questioning everyone around me about their blessings.

Family, friends, food, water, shelter… The responses are usually pretty standard and they inspire me to dig a little deeper.

Over the past week as I searched for the answer, I realized everything I am thankful is about one thing - opportunity - or a series of things - opportunities.

Retracing my life, I recall each that was given me. While I don't have the time or space to list them all, there are a few that must be mentioned…

The opportunity to be raised by an outstanding step-mother; to be born to a father who would stop at nothing - and work around the clock - to provide for his family; the opportunity they both gave me in providing a stable home, college education and a place to run to when needed. The many opportunities they gave me to recognize and grow from my mistakes.

To become a mother and raise a child who is healthy and happy, work for a living and do so for a company that has presented countless opportunities… Classified clerk, advertising executive, staff writer and editor.

Each of the afore mentioned are more than I never imagined I deserved, some which I sometimes ask if I truly do and others for which I am also certain I have failed to express due gratitude.

Thank you.

Speaking of the job, my recent transfer to the Glen Rose Reporter was one opportunity that continues to offer countless more... First the chance to advance up the career ladder within a community which offers opportunities of its own - a new home, school for my daughter, friends, acquaintances..

Thanks again.

This Thanksgiving, and every day of the year, I am thankful for opportunities, living among people who are willing to give them and being given the free will to decided which of them are good and which are not.

Sure, the air I breath, the water (and wine) I drink and the meals (and pie) I eat are something I am thankful for but without the opportunity, they would be nothing.

Happy Thanksgiving.