I’m convinced the older you get, the faster time flies.

I’m convinced the older you get, the faster time flies.
It doesn’t seem that long ago I was putting together one of my favorite columns of the year. Thus, the giving thanks Thanksgiving column is back. It’s time again for the 2009 version.
So, here are the things I’m thankful for or wishing for:
• The Independence Events Center.
• The renovations and improvements at Kauffman Stadium and Arrowhead Stadium.
• Zack Greinke winning the American League’s Cy Young Award.
• Former William Chrisman player, O’Hara coach Lori Hanaway leading the Celtics to three consecutive Class 3 volleyball state championships.
• Being dismissed from the hospital several days earlier than expected.
• All of the building improvements in the Blue Springs School District.
• The recent passing of an Independence school levy.
• Volunteer Salvation Army bell ringers.
• Grocery shoppers placing their carts in the proper place instead of anywhere they choose in the parking lot.
• Hot chocolate on a cold winter night.
• Mochas, pumpkin bread, cheesecake.
• Artificial turf at Ted Chitwood Stadium at Raytown High School and at Raytown South High School.
• Coaches, who win or lose, call in their results.
• All of the cooperative and amiable area high school athletic directors.
• Another illness-free year for good friends in Overland Park, Kan., and Wingo, Ky.
• Losing 50 pounds and lowering your blood pressure.
• Potato soup, coconut cream pie, chicken fried steak, salmon.
• New businesses on the Independence Square.
• The highly successful fall sports season enjoyed by Grain Valley and Blue Springs high schools.
• Lee’s Summit West running to three consecutive girls cross country state championships.
• An expensive steak prepared the way you ordered it.
• Arriving home safely an hour ahead of a predicted snow or ice storm.
• Pecan pie, strawberry shortcake, banana nut bread, ham and beans soup.
• Two-for-one sales.
• The Kansas City Chiefs and Royals having a winning 2010 season.
• Becoming a father for the first time.
• American Legion baseball, service clubs, financial planners.
• Coaches who don’t have to resort to swearing and verbal abuse to get a point across.
• The Rotary Club of Independence providing volunteers for the annual Independence winter debate classic Dec. 5 at William Chrisman.
• The cardiologist telling you your heart is in excellent shape.
• The University of Missouri football team becoming bowl eligible for a school-record fifth consecutive season.
• Generic drugs, strollers, synchronized signal lights system, shopping malls.
• Fudge, homemade donuts, diet beverages, whole wheat bread.
• One-day sales, doctors who take great interest in their patients, all-weather tires, stores open 24 hours.
Finally to all, a happy and safe Thanksgiving.