On this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for the gifts that Joyce and Dean (Willard) Murphy bring to my life. I was at Furman University with Joyce’s sister, Jeanne.  Joyce and Dean had already graduated. Joyce has a delightful sense of humor. She and I share a love of great quotations and she calls from time to time to share one. She is a terrific conversationalist. I enjoyed being in a Sunday school class with her because she is never satisfied with a simple, pat explanation. Being a lover of words, she digs deeper. She reads widely and has a depth of knowledge that is staggering. Joyce is an accomplished gardener and hostess. Joyce and Dean are very active members of First Baptist Church of Charleston. Dean has a FBC photo collection that is remarkable. He has stories to tell about many of those pictures. He has riotous stories about being a door to door furniture salesman on the islands. They are world travelers. On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the gifts that Joyce and Dean Murphy brings to my life.

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