Attitudes of Gratitude: Listeners Give Thanks

Hear listeners share personal reflections on why their grateful this Thanksgiving.

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MICHEL MARTIN, host:

We want to take a pause to hear a little bit from you - our listeners. All this week, you've been phoning in and sharing your Thanksgiving memories and stories with us, and here is what some of you had to say.

Mr. PHILIP ONOCHIE-ANWALI(ph) (Listener): My name is Philip Onochie-Anwali and I live in Baltimore, Maryland. Thanksgiving is that single day that you've - to thank the Lord. Have dinner together; thank your family; thank your friends; thank everybody for being what they are to you. The first two Thanksgiving that I came to Texas, I'm calling my wife, telling her that I'm here, come get me at the airport, and you know, within, like, two hours before I get picked up.

And that being the kind of person that I am, everything that I have in my mind I always bring it out. So whatever, we sit down, start eating drinking, I just (unintelligible) out telling them that they, you know, the way you guys treated me, I really don't like it.

So this third had said no. I don't think I'm bringing that spirit to that particular place where the family gathers. So I've decided, I told (unintelligible), I say you guys go ahead and have a nice Thanksgiving. Let me sit out here and have a good time with my friends.

Ms. PERCIOUS SHEMONA(ph) (Listener): My name is Precious Shemona. I live in Los Angeles and I listen to the show on the Web. I remember being a student at Howard University a few years ago. I couldn't afford to go home to Seattle to be with my family on Thanksgiving, so I took a road trip to New Orleans with some friends. One friend said we could go to her mom's house for dinner, but when we got there mama wasn't friendly at all.

She monitored the food on our plate, we tried to get seconds, but she yelled and called us ungrateful guests. We were able to escape to another friend's house where her mom let us eat as much as we wanted. I learned a valuable lesson in Thanksgiving 2001, be grateful for family, friends, good food and seconds.

MARTIN: Thanks to all of our listeners for sharing their stories.

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