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Dear Annie: Thank you, readers

By Annie Lane Creators Syndicate

Dear Readers: In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I would like to thank all of you – my readers. I particularly want to single out those of you who have reached out by offering your questions and opinions. Without you, the column would not be possible. To celebrate this special day, I’d like to share one of my favorite poems, because it helps remind us that noticing the simple pleasures of life brings us the most joy.

“We Thank Thee,” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

For flowers that bloom about our feet,

Father, we thank Thee.

For tender grass so fresh, so sweet,

Father, we thank Thee.

For the song of bird and hum of bee,

For all things fair we hear or see,

Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

For blue of stream and blue of sky,

Father, we thank Thee.

For pleasant shade of branches high,

Father, we thank Thee.

For fragrant air and cooling breeze,

For beauty of the blooming trees,

Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

For this new morning with its light,

Father, we thank Thee.

For rest and shelter of the night,

Father, we thank Thee.

For health and food, for love and friends,

For everything Thy goodness sends,

Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

Dear Annie: My stepdaughter just passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. Her mom was still in her life, and I had been a part of her life for 14 years. We had a very good relationship and spent lots of quality time with her and her family.

What has been upsetting is that the condolence cards are being sent to my husband only. I am left out. I understand she was not “my daughter,” but I am also grieving her loss and feel I should be included. Am I wrong?

I hope others will read this and include the stepfamily, as well, when sending condolences. – Left Out

Dear Left Out: No, you are not wrong for feeling hurt. She was your family, too. I hope your letter encourages others to be inclusive of all family during the grieving process.

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