We have a lot to be thankful for this year the very fact we are here is cause for celebration.
Our wife Corinne is a true woman of valor. For three months she single handedly put out the High Desert Advocate without interruption while at the same time nursing us back to consciousness in Salt Lake City and taking care of our son Lou 130 miles away in Wendover.
We do remember once waking afraid for our business but then hearing her on the phone discussing page layout with our printer we drifted back asleep secure in the knowledge that all would be well. When we married 32 years ago the rabbi told us that marriage was a partnership and that we needed to be there for each other. Corinne did all that and more.
We are thankful for our son Shalom (Sam) who flew out from Israel to help us out for a month. And help us he did in more than one way. We are thankful for our other two children in Israel, Anna and Arieh who gave their mother so much emotional support while we were ‘out of it’ and all but dead to the world.
We are thankful for our son Lou whose life was thrown upside down and who handled it without a word of complaint.
We are thankful for our sisters Carol, Laurie, Diane, and Debbie and brother David who despite not speaking with us for at least a decade came out to visit us. And we are thankful for the dozens of calls, cards, flowers and plants from relatives, friends, clients and suppliers. When we became lucid again after four weeks in Cardio ICU the tokens of affection were nice to see.
Finally we are thankful for Dr. McKeller and his cardio surgery team for saving our life not once we are told, but several times.
We hate to disappoint anyone but we had no near death experiences. We saw no light at the end of a tunnel no dead love ones.
We did know however that we were prayed for and loved by dozens of the living and we are thankful for that.