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Jack Rice is a criminal defense trial lawyer who provides legal advice to those charged with crimes in Federal and Minnesota State courtrooms.

 

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Happy Thanksgiving.

Last year as I got out of bed and walked into the front room on Thanksgiving, I saw that one of my daughters had taken hers and her sisters boots and lined them up in the middle of the floor and left them there. I sat down on the couch and just stared at them.

I took this photo and posted it here on the site last year. I came across it today inadvertantly and it took me back. It still makes me appreciate all that I have.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING - 2005.

They are light brown, suede. As I look closely, I can see the matching stitching along the seams and a piece of braided rope across the middle to make them look good. Turn them over to find what we used to call when I was a kid waffle stomper treads. On the inside, white fleece feels soft to the touch. I'm not sure if it is real or not but I lie to myself and say that it is. I look at the inside label and am sad to see, though not shocked, that they are made in China.

Oh well, not sure if we make anything here anymore. I guess we better get used to that. A matching zipper alongside makes them a little more functional to put on too. Especially if you forget and put your gloves on first. But these boots work for us - or at least for my four children.

Our oldest, the 14 year old, hates the fact that her three younger sisters have the same winter boots that she herself wears. Of course, our 14 year old, like most, hates just about everything everybody does, regardless. But that's still not true. I've seen her smiling when they all put them on at that same time - when no one is looking, of course.

For my part, in some small way, because of her vocal outrage at matching her sisters, and her inner smile, I love the boots even more.

Strange at the things that make you thankful. I must admit that I never would have expected to look in my front room and see four matching pairs of small boots. But here they are.

Far more than I expected.

Far more than I deserve.

For this, I am truly thankful.