Can never this enough
EAGLE – Although Thanksgiving and turkey dinners are several months away, the big bird was at the front of my thoughts as the bidding for the Grand Champion Turkey at the Eagle County 4-H auction rose to a frenzy. As one thought leads to another, so it came to me that the time is always right to say thanks, and be thankful. With that in mind:I would like to thank all the young ladies and gentlemen who worked so hard all year on their 4-H projects. So many people enjoyed your hard work. Thank you too for helping fill my freezer for another year!Thanks also go to Valley View Hospital and Vail Valley Medical Center for working together to bring Eagle a new medical office building. It will serve the health of our entire community.I am thankful for my good health, and for everyone who has helped it be that way. A special thanks goes to Roxie Deane. She has worked tirelessly for our community, and will continue to do so in her new role at Valley View Hospital. Even more importantly, as the office manager at Eagle Valley Medical Center, she always helped us take better care of you. She never lost sight of the simple truth that we have more than patients and co-workers, we have neighbors and friends.With medicine on my mind, thanks go out to each of my patients. It is a treasure and privilege caring for you.I want to thank Mike and Joan for being the best grandparents my children could hope for. You are an inspiration to us all.Thanks go out to our men and women in uniform who sacrifice to keep us free. I hope we never take that freedom for granted, nor that it doesn’t come without cost.To my friends and neighbors. You are too many to mention by name, but I am thankful each day for each of you. You are a tribute to the wonderful community in which we live.To Don Rogers, who lets my thoughts actually make it to print, I want to say thanks. Likewise, thanks go out to each of you for taking your time to listen to me. I hope I keep on rising to the challenges you send forth.It goes with out saying that there are no greater thanks than those to my family. Your love and inspiration are part of everything I do.Lastly, but most of all is God, to whom go every thanks. I recently read a homily given by Rev. William O’Malley, a brilliant Jesuit who taught me in high school. He spoke that everything we foolishly believe we have “earned” was actually given without our even asking. He tells us that if the world were compressed to just 100 people, 70 could not read, 50 would not have enough to eat and 80 would live in substandard housing. Only one out of that 100 would the opportunity to earn a college education, and only one would own a computer. I don’t know how I came to deserve what I have, but I am sure I can never give enough thanks.Dr. Drew Werner of the Eagle Valley Medical Center writes a weekly column for the Daily. He encourages health questions. Write him by e-mail to email@example.com or c/o Editor, Vail Daily, P.O. Box 81, Vail, 81658.