I am thankful For the day I was born The day I came into this world and felt the cold on my back.
I am thankful For the spanks my mother gave me They made me avoid wildly ways.
I am thankful For my school teacher Who loved to read my stories He led me down the writer’s lane.
I am thankful For the days mother and I walked to the Kingdom Hall I learnt to know and fear God.
I am thankful For my fourth grade teacher who told me to pull up my socks; ‘Cause when I did, I pulled up my life with them.
I am thankful For that guy I could never ever beat in fifth and sixth grade: He taught me there were higher standards to reach for.
I am thankful For the punks who made our lives hard For the long walks we used to take with heavy containers of water in our puny hands We learnt that life was not all bread and butter; But a little bit of thirst and hunger.
I am thankful For the crash I had on my sixth grade classmate It made me learn I needed to stand up for love.
I am thankful For the Watchtower and Awake magazines my father left in the study They made me fear to do wrong
I am thankful For my best friend at Junior Secondary School He kept me entertained And showed me that cooperation is better than rivalry.
I am thankful For the dark days I had in boarding school It made me strong and prepared for even darker days
I am thankful For the stupidity and naivety I possessed in my teenage years It makes me unsure of my own wisdom
I am thankful For the girl with a motherly nature Whom I loved and feared at the same time But who never counted me as a man worth loving back; She helped me realize that not always is love returned.
I am thankful For my sixth grade crash Who later confessed she felt nothing for me no more I learnt that crashes can be fleeting most times.
I am thankful For the day I got baptized in a cold pool on an August morning It made me realize commitment to God is important
I am thankful For the hours I spent preaching and teaching people from all walks of life It made me patient and made me realize everyone has a fighting chance And that not everyone can be redeemed.
I am thankful For the woman I spent hours studying the Bible with; Who challenged my knowledge in the holy words And taught me to love her in her severed state; She took away my prejudice towards people of other faiths.
I am thankful For having failed and dropped out of University I wouldn’t have found my true passion.
I am thankful For my friend who questioned my faith He made me peer over the wall and see the ugly truths.
I am thankful For the Jehovah’s Witnesses that regarded me ill, diseased and evil; And that avoided me like I was the plague; They opened my eyes to the love and kindness in outsiders.
I am thankful For the teenage girl with a pink coloured tongue Whom I met on a bus once upon a time long ago And whom I took a liking for; And who told me she had found her true lover in a virtual hopeless world She led me the path to finding my own.
I’m thankful For the girls who could never love me back; For the women who in God’s honest truth found me tasteless; Who left me on the verge of despair and hopelessness They’ve made me appreciate the one who loves me
I’m thankful For my mother and father And sisters and brothers Who still stick closer to me even when I make it hard for them God will remember their righteous ways.
I ‘m thankful For the woman who loves me; Who took the long walk of faith into the unknown She brought back the beat to my dying heart.
I’m thankful For all that has happened to me The good, the bad and the evil; It has made me who I am and what I am.
I’m thankful That I’m thankful For all the thankful things I should be thankful for.