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A Day To Be Grateful

By on November 24th, 2011 in News Comments Off on A Day To Be Grateful

This time of year when the weather turns cool and the autumn leaves show their beautiful colors, most people reflect on what they have to be thankful for. As always I look forward to Jay Coulter’s Thanksgiving article here at Track Em Tigers. For my money, no one does it better. He always brings a clarity to the simple and important things in life. And I must say that this year I have had several experiences that made me think just how precious is the time we have on this earth.

Life is certainly short and we need to make the most of it. I was reminded of that fact over the weekend of the Auburn-Georgia game. As I was getting ready for the trek to Athens, I received two unsettling telephone calls. First my godson had, what was later termed by the doctors, “a pre cardiac arrest event.” He will be okay but the first few days of hospitalization and recovery were anxious ones.

Then as we were packing the car to go be with my godson I received another disturbing call – which was even worse news. One of my long time friends had passed away suddenly and without warning, reminding me of just what is important in life… and it ain’t college football.

Most of us, if we’re honest with ourselves, live life like everything will always be the same. “She knows I love her. I don’t have to say it.” Or, “I’m going to get around to spending some quality time with him,” are commonly held sentiments. Yet if we don’t make time for those things, life will change and those opportunities will pass us by. I don’t think I ever told David how much I admired him or appreciated his friendship. On this Thanksgiving day I can say I am grateful for having known him.

Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful. It always seems to me though, that everyday should be a day to be grateful. On the other hand it’s human nature to dwell on what we don’t have instead of our blessings. To think about what we have not accomplished instead of what has been achieved. To think about how those around us should treat us instead of how we should treat them. To put off till tomorrow the things we should do today. Things like spending time with family and friends. Things like telling people how much they mean to you while you have the opportunity.

So this piece is not done to usurp Jay’s traditional Thanksgiving column. But rather it is the result of a personal reflection on life, prompted by the loss of my friend. With that motivation and with Jay’s post yesterday as a cue, I have listed a few of the things I am grateful for on this day.

I am grateful 

* That my godson is still with us and on the way to better health.

* That when a tornado hit the high school I was in last Wednesday none of the 1500 kids were hurt.

* For clean drinking water and hot showers at the end of a long day.

* That birthdays, weddings, graduations, and holidays are usually celebrated with cake.

* For family portraits that create lasting memories.

* For rainy days, restful nights, and warm cozy blankets on cool sheets.

* That my faith, like a rock, keeps me steady even in bad times.

* For a wife who loves me, not because of who I am but in spite of it.

* For two sons that are good husbands and fathers. And for their wonderful wives who have been such a blessing to our family.

* That my hero, my cerebral palsied brother, is able to live by himself.

* That unlike my brother I can walk, talk, and take care of myself without assistance.

* For the blessing of living in a country where I can pray openly, and that I can believe what I believe and you can believe what you believe.

* For laughter especially that of my grandchildren.

* For best friends who love me even when I am unloveable.

* For the TET crew and especially Jay who made this site possible.

* For being a part of the Auburn family.

* And Finally, for the opportunity to tell others they mean a lot to me before it’s too late. That includes all of you who regularly stop by to read this site. I still can’t believe that anyone would really care enough to read what I might post. I am grateful for that and I am grateful for all of you and wish you a 

Happy Thanksgiving.

Comments: 17


I woke up this morning to get my “morning auburn newspaper” from TET, and read this. I’m not one who usually comments on articles, but there is not enough room to comment on how much AuburnTigerman and his family mean to me.

From a pre-teen to now a grown man with kids of my own, my memories of going to auburn games with this family is something I have always cherished and always will. I now bring my own children to the auburn games, but even more important….to the AuburnTigerman family tailgating spot he has been at since I was a kid, an I cherish every moment.

This Thanksgiving day, I am thankful for my “second dad” who has stood by me thru storms and stardust moments in my life. Who introduced me to the loveliest village on the plains. And who is one of my best friends. Happy thanksgiving to AuburnTigerman:: a godly man, a family man……an Auburn man.

With great affection, your godson.

by wareagle3020 on Nov 24, 2011 | 7:41 AM

Wonderful article

We do need to be grateful for life and for all the ones in our life that are important to us. Thank you for this article and thanks to the whole Track em Tigers staff for all you do for us and for our beloved school.

by Im4Auburn on Nov 24, 2011 | 8:38 AM

And I’m thankful for you guys at TET. I hope you all have a happy, safe Thanksgiving.

God Bless.

by TexasAUtiger on Nov 24, 2011 | 8:45 AM
Tiger on the mountain

Lovely!! What a wonderful way to start my day.

Happy Thanksgiving to you, my friend.

“We see the door; we’re here to knock it down”-Cam Newton

by Tiger on the mountain on Nov 24, 2011 | 9:05 AM
AU Tiger

Thank you

Wonderful piece, ATM. And thanks go to you, Jay, WEA, KB, and Acid for the quality site you guys run. I appreciate all the time and effort that all of you put into your writing. Your love for the Tigers — and for your readers is evident.

Have a great Thanksgiving.

“The ball will be spotted at the six-inch-yardline.”

by AU Tiger on Nov 24, 2011 | 9:18 AM
Michael Val Hietter

All of the folks here, including you, AuburnTigerman…

….write so well, as they have real things to say, and a wonderful way to say it. Of course we want to read what you write, especially a great piece like this.

Michael Val
(who is thankful he is allowed to hang out and write with writers like you guys!)

In the words of Kevin Scarbinsky, “If it’s Auburn against the world…good luck, world.”

by Michael Val Hietter on Nov 24, 2011 | 9:44 AM

Wonderful stuff,

and very sorry for your loss ATM.

God Bless All

I need a cold shower and a copy of the Auburn Creed

by UglyJoe on Nov 24, 2011 | 9:51 AM

Just what I needed this morning.

Thanks ATM and thanks to Jay, WEA, Acid, and KoolBell for what you do everyday to make our lives a little more enjoyable.

by GreenvilleAUfan on Nov 24, 2011 | 10:01 AM

Thank You ATM and the entire TET staff

We’re not eating till 3:00 pm today so I turned on my p.c. to check out TET. Glad I did. Thanks for sharing.

by PineMtTiger on Nov 24, 2011 | 11:14 AM

Very appropriate ATM

I hope it not too presumptious of me to offer my thanks
I am thankful for my wonderful wife of 21 years. 2nd time was the charm for me
For my son who grew up at age 24, now 33, 9 year Coast Guard senior boarding officer on a drug interdiction cutter. To date, he has been involved with keeping over 50,000 lbs of drugs off the streets.
For the memories of my dad, Troy Sewell API 1941, who instilled a love for Auburn in me.
For all my friends on the golf course.
For all you guys here at TET. It is a daily stop for a dose of Auburn and always makes me feel good.
Happy Thanksgiving
War Eagle!!!
Beat Bama!!!

I just hope they erect the Saban statue/altar/shrine before he leaves

by myauburn on Nov 24, 2011 | 11:20 AM

Presumptious? No way.

I am very glad to read your Thanksgiving thoughts. And I would encourage others to do the same.

Also glad to hear about your son. We need more like him. I know your proud.
War Eagle MyAuburn!

“The reason you come to Auburn is because of Auburn people.This is a special place, from the coaches all the way to the fans” – Andrew McCain OT

by aubtigerman on Nov 24, 2011 | 11:34 AM


It was all I could do to keep it to two sentences.
Alas, he grew up to become a Bama fan. His mother, my first wife, grew up a Bammer and he spent his teen years thinking his Dad was pretty stupid and living close to Tuscaloosa. He found out at age 24 his old man was not so stupid after all, but the Bama thing is still there. However, there is still hope. I may have an anouncment soon about a little grand myauburn coming. I am sure I can do a better job with him/her.

I just hope they erect the Saban statue/altar/shrine before he leaves

by myauburn on Nov 24, 2011 | 6:02 PM

Happy Thanksgiving and War Eagle to everyone….

Thanks Tigerman for the great start to the day…….reall good stuff. Hope everyone has a great day and lots of good food and time well spent with family and friends.

I don’t troll so I reserve the right to berate trolls as I see fit.

Just so you know I won’t forget…..LSU Jonno predicted we would finish 5th in the west in ’11.

by Todd92 on Nov 24, 2011 | 12:44 PM

Happy Thanksgiving!! ATM!!

To me Thanksgiving is a day off from work to spend with friends and family. Unfortunately I am too aware of how precious life, good health and good fellowship with those you love actually is. I make a point to say thanks to the man upstairs, every time when my beautiful wife leaves for work, or my gifts from god smile and tell me they love me, or whenever I see my parent… who still have good health deep into their 70’s.., or whenever I see my dear friends who would do anything for me and my family.
I am constantly amazed by the beauty of the world and give thanks when God gives me that beautiful orange and blue sunset, a crisp fall afternoon, a silent wintery landscape or a hot and breezy summer day. There are so many beautiful things to see in this world if you just stop to admire and EXPERIENCE them. Every day is a gift from god and I hope you all prosper and benefit from his grace.
Have a great and safe Thanksgiving, but don’t ever just save it for one day!!

War Eagle!!

I love the smell of Auburn in the autumn… smells like….victory.

by Col.Angus on Nov 24, 2011 | 1:33 PM

Thanks Col.

Enjoyed reading that comment. I would like to meet your twin boys some day.
War Eagle

“The reason you come to Auburn is because of Auburn people.This is a special place, from the coaches all the way to the fans” – Andrew McCain OT

by AubTigerman on Nov 24, 2011 | 4:28 PM

I am so greatful for everybody and that was an outstanding article!

You know, I want to make a New Year’s Resolution now. Sometime in 2012 I’d like the people who are the family of TET to set down a date to get together and everybody meet each other in person. Not everybody will be able to make it. Hell, I might not make it myself.

I haven’t met any of you guys in person but I feel like you are honestly part of my family. I see plenty of message boards. But, there is not one like we’ve got here. For me, it’s part of my day to look on TET. I honestly look forward to simply commenting back and forth and simply talking to everybody. I think that one day next year we should schedule a day for us to hangout and talk to each other in person. I know it’ll be difficult to get something like that together, but it’s worth a shot. Yes, you’re invited too Jonno though I may regret saying that hahaha. 😉

It’s Auburn against the world. Good luck world.

by Sparkey on Nov 24, 2011 | 11:27 PM

This was the best post this year…

It’s been a great year as Auburn fans go, and I am thankful we were all together for the ride.

Come and join me at

by KoolBell777 on Nov 26, 2011 | 8:01 PM
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