On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the gifts that Kay Richards brings to my life. Kay was a standout speech/language pathologist at the Charleston Speech and Hearing Center and later in Rochester, New York. She eventually migrated to Texas after retirement and the death of her husband. We kept in touch at our national conventions and then by letter. Kay and I pioneered the first courses at the Citadel in speech/language pathology when the South Carolina Department of Education needed a crash program. In Texas, Kay became an expert in technology for those who could not speak without such assistance. She teaches workshops all over the country. May is Better Hearing and Speech Month and Kay is a great poster person for the celebration. She is active in her church and community, especially the Assistance League, singing, and playing bridge. She is a grandmother that is actively involved in the lives of her grandchildren. She travels the world. On this Thankful Thursday, I am blessed by the gifts that Kay Richards brings to my life.

Thankful Thursday is a day set apart 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 that you did.