What are you thankful for?

 

Top row, from left: Dee Mayfield, Patty Arledge, Fredricka Durrah and Amber Horn. Second row, from left: Muffie Ellis, Stephanie Erby, Ken Aldridge and Ella Fox. Third row, from left: Arma Delacruz, Rollin Miller, Hannah Martin and Jan Fulgham.

Top row, from left: Dee Mayfield, Patty Arledge, Fredricka Durrah and Amber Horn. Second row, from left: Muffie Ellis, Stephanie Erby, Ken Aldridge and Ella Fox. Third row, from left: Arma Delacruz, Rollin Miller, Hannah Martin and Jan Fulgham. Photo by: Photos by Slim Smith/Dispatch Staff

 

"I'm thankful that we're still here. Thankful that, in spite of the COVID, my family is still good. Just want to send out a blessing to everyone hoping that they will stay safe and definitely watch out for each other and have a happy Thanksgiving." - Dee Mayfield, Columbus

 

"I'm thankful for family and health, just God protecting all of us. I've always been mindful of that, but (COVID) brings you closer to your family and friends and your community." - Patty Arledge, Starkville

 

"I'm thankful for being able to help people this year. I had a heart attack four weeks ago, so I'm thankful to live another day." - Fredricka Durrah, Columbus

 

"I'm thankful to be home and back with my family. I just moved back home after 16 years in Texas, and I'm thankful that my 6-year-old daughter can be with her cousins and her grandparents and aunt and uncle. It's very much a family thing for us this year." - Amber Horn, Caledonia

 

"I'm thankful for friends and family. They come first. Thankful for the beautiful days when we can wake up on the river. It's beautiful and we can look at the water. It's very peaceful. That's a treasure for us." - Muffie Ellis, Lowndes County

 

"I'm thankful for my family and that God has blessed so many people, despite the COVID. I'm thankful that all of my kids still have their jobs through all of this. It's been a blessing." - Stephanie Erby, Columbus

 

"I'm thankful that I'm still here. Our daughter had a stroke this year and she's doing good now, so we're thankful and happy for that." - Ken Aldridge, Caledonia

 

"I thank God for him just being God. I thank God I made 80 years old this year!" - Ella Fox, Starkville

 

"2020 has really made me take a step back, especially during quarantine. I'm really thankful to have this opportunity to do some self-care. I had always been busy - go, go, go - and not making time for the things that really are important in life. So I've really taken time to improve my health, my fitness, the way I eat and really prioritize those relationships that are important to me." - Arma Delacruz, Starkville

 

"I'm thankful for everything the Lord has provided us. We've got a roof over our heads. We've got shoes on our feet and we've got food on our table." - Rollin Miller, Macon

 

"I am thankful for all the support of friends, family, neighbors. Everyone has come together, which is such a good thing to see. I think of all the lessons we have learned through this year, society in general, and I'm thankful for that." - Hannah Martin, Columbus (CAFB)

 

"I'm thankful for my health, my family and friends, just to be alive and be a part of this beautiful world God has made. I'm more aware of that this year. (COVID) really brings it home, what you should be thankful for." - Jan Fulgham, Columbus

 

 

Slim Smith

 

 

It's been a difficult year for millions of Americans -- a pandemic that has infected 12 million Americans and killed a quarter-million, ugly incidents of racial injustice, and a bitterly contested presidential election. Yet today, Americans pause for a moment to recognize our blessings and good fortune and express our hopes for the future on this Thanksgiving Day. We asked Golden Triangle residents what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving.

 

 

Slim Smith is a columnist and feature writer for The Dispatch. His email address is [email protected]

 

 

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