Top o’ the morning Neosho! I heard the story of the city girl who was visiting some backwoods relatives deep in the heart of Arkansas. She couldn’t help but notice a pitiful looking pig limping around on a wooden leg in the backyard among all the car parts and random yard ornaments.

Top o’ the morning Neosho! I heard the story of the city girl who was visiting some backwoods relatives deep in the heart of Arkansas. She couldn’t help but notice a pitiful looking pig limping around on a wooden leg in the backyard among all the car parts and random yard ornaments.
Her curiosity finally got the best of her and she asked the farmer, “What happened to the pig?” The farmer replied in a slow drawl, “oh, Betsy is a wonderful pig! One night the house caught fire and she oinked so loud she woke us up and we got the fire truck here in time to save the house.” Incredulous, the city girl said, “That’s really something!” The farmer continued, “That’s not all, one day one of my youngins fell in the pond down yonder and Betsy oinked so loud that she got our attention and we were able to pull my daughter out of the pond in time.”
The city girl replied, “That’s really amazing, but I still don’t understand why Betsy has a wooden leg?” The farmers wrinkled face twisted just slightly enough where you could see the faintest crooked grin appear for just a second, “Well, when you have a pig that special, you don’t want to eat him all at once!” You see gratitude didn’t run too deep for the three-legged hero!
What about you? This is the time of the year where we are supposed to reflect on our blessings and remember to express our thankfulness. Do you ever take the time to just think about all the things and people you are thankful for? It’s definitely a good exercise to put into practice! I believe it was Cicero that said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all the others.”
So, here is my list of things to be thankful for this year:
1. The relationship I have with my Savior, Jesus Christ.
2. My loving wife Naomi (definitely my better half) who loves me in spite of my faults.
3. My four beautiful daughters who keep me busy working hard to pay for their hair products and shoes…
5. For the wonderful people in this community who are resilient, resourceful, loving, friendly (except for the occasional grouchy-pants type who sees nothing but the negative) and kind.
6. For the strong faith community that we are blessed to have in Neosho.
7. For the men and women who have served (past and present) for our country in the various branches of the armed forces. A big heartfelt thank you! Without your commitment, we wouldn’t have the freedoms we possess now.
8. I’m thankful for the wonderful team we have at the City of Neosho. We’re not perfect, but we’re trying to do what’s best and serve with honor. Thank you to every department and every employee for what you do to make our community great!
9. For another year of a balanced budget in Neosho and a trend of healthy growth in the city.
10. Pumpkin Pie (or pumpkin anything for that matter).
Until next time, have a Happy Thanksgiving, and remember to express an attitude of gratitude! Much love Neosho!

Ben Baker is the mayor of Neosho and writes a column for the Neosho Daily News.