Mad Jack Hanks: Tales from the O-NO Ranch 11-21-11 | TheFencePost.com

Mad Jack Hanks: Tales from the O-NO Ranch 11-21-11

Mad Jack Hanks
Wellington, Colo.

Gentle readers, by the time most of you receive this column it will only be a scant two or three days until we celebrate Thanksgiving.

I’m havin’ a real hard time accepting that a year has passed since the last one. Just the same, it’s here. As I pause to reflect on the past year and all that has transpired since then, I have much to be thankful for and I wish the same for all y’all.

It just seems to me that there is so much going on in the world today that most of us just don’t have time to reflect. What with the political debates going on, the middle East in such turmoil and all of the occupiers in this country havin’ a hissy fit and trashing the very communities in which they live. Thanksgiving? I reckon if you are out of work and have been for an extended period of time, it’s hard to find the urge to want to give thanks.

I wonder, have you ever been in tougher straits before in your life than you find yourself in now? If you have been, it’s time to give thanks. I have lost a lot in these past years and I have gained a lot.

I’m in a place where I am thankful every morning when I arise and realize I no longer have to get a’horseback on these cold windy days and check on the welfare of the livestock in my charge.

Would I trade time for time and go back to my 40s again and relive those days with my young children and Martha or would I just feel blessed to be where I am today? Of course I don’t have that choice. It would be a hard decision for me but since I don’t have that choice I can just go through the photo albums of those past years and relive them in that manner. I do that on occasion and along with a sense of loss and sadness, there is a great joy knowing we were so blessed as a family and those were indeed really good times.

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In my humble cowboy opinion, I hate to see the holiday seasons pushed on us in such an aggressive manner by retailers. All of a sudden we are under the gun to hurry up and get Thanksgiving out of the way so we can rush into Christmas and be under constant pressure until it’s over and we start another new year. Let me remind you younger folks that this is an old

guy speaking and I will tell you now that only when you reach my age will you really understand what I have offered up.

Time is precious. There are many of you out there today with loved ones with serious health problems. Give thanks that they are still with you and take a little extra time to be kind to your friends and neighbors this holiday season. We live in troubled times and in my opinion, the very fabric that makes this country the most important country in the entire world is slowing coming unstitched. Lets look for some good strong thread and do our best to sew it back together as we give thanks for all that we are and all that we have.

Stay tuned, check yer cinch on occasion and I’ll c. y’all, all y’all.