November 18, 2022
BLAINE’S BULLETIN: THANKSGIVING 2022
If the early in the season snow wasn’t enough of an indication, the holiday season is here. Thanksgiving is only a few days away, and I am looking forward to a day filled with good food, football, and family.
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year and about as wholesome as a holiday can get. It’s a holiday completely focused on spending time with family and loved ones and reflecting on all we have to be thankful for. Not to mention the best meal of the year! Thanksgiving at our house usually includes some football in the yard and grandkids running around after a little too much dessert. It’s family time at its finest and a day my family cherishes each year.
Of course, there are a few things for which we’re not thankful, like the price of Thanksgiving dinner. Turkeys are going to be 23% more, potatoes are up 15.2%, canned fruit and vegetables are up 18.7% and flour is up 24.6%. Add the price of traveling to see family and you get an awfully expensive day. While I’m working hard to tackle inflation in Congress – fortunately a few more reinforcements will join our efforts next year – we can all lend a helping hand to those who have been hardest hit by the current economic turmoil. Perhaps we can even give them an unexpected reason to be thankful. Wonderful organizations like the Mid-Missouri Samaritan Center (midmosamaritan.org) and local Salvation Army (salvationarmy.org) are providing things like meals and coats for those who need them, as well as taking donations and volunteer help for anyone who is able to pitch in.
When it comes to family and community, I’m spoiled. At the risk of appearing boastful, I’ve been blessed with kids and grandkids who Jackie and I could not be more proud of. As the grandparents reading this know, being with the grandkids during the holidays are the happiest moments in life. Professionally I’ve been very fortunate as well. Representing the Third District is the honor of my professional life, and I’m truly humbled and thankful for the trust you have put in me to serve you in Congress.
Whether you’re having turkey and stuffing or getting takeout and a couple beers, I hope you get a chance to reflect on the good things in your life. Maybe take a couple minutes to let your loved ones know how thankful you are for them. You never know how impactful just a few warm words can be.
From my family to yours, I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving!
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