On this Thankful Thursday and every day, I am thankful for my wonderful wife, Carol. Most of you think that this is St. Patrick’s Day, but it is much more important than that. It is Carol’s birthday. Carol grew up in Huntington, West Virginia and attended Marshall University before moving to Charleston, SC. She graduated from what is now Charleston Southern and then obtained a Master’s degree from USC. She then went back to USC for thirty more. She taught at Brookland Cayce High School for many years before I came onto the scene. We were introduced by Germaine and John Carney. She bakes an out-of-this-world almond pound cake, which is off limits for us now and her macaroni and cheese is fantastic. She is the proud mother of Tawnya who is married to Chris Pike.

Mitch and Carol

                                                              Carol and Tawyna at Magnolia’s

After coming back to Charleston, she taught at Morningside Middle School and West Ashley High School. In nine years in Charleston she had three brand new computer labs. She is the only person I have ever known who received a larger grant amount than she requested. She sings in the choir at First Baptist Church and loves it. A few years back, she was invited back to the annual Brookland Cayce Foundation’s annual banquet as a guest speaker. That school’s foundation is a fantastic idea. Carol didn’t like traveling until she met me. Our Alaskan cruise solved that problem. Since then we have made many wonderful trips all over the world. Carol gave me my life back. She is my reason for getting up every morning. On this Thankful Thursday, I know that God brought Carol into my life and she is a blessing beyond belief.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the importance of someone to our lives. Let her or him know of your gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.