As I look back over many years
Days full of joy and full of tears
Big expectations and morbid fears
We faced it all - and made life good!
We laughed, we cried, we danced, we hobbled
Our grim determination merely doubled
Steadfastly denying that we were troubled
By trials that life dumped in our path.
But life was good and life was giving
Through it all we made a living
God was patient, all forgiving
For our ingratitude and complaints.
Now comes the time to recognise
That blessings come in a disguise
With family woes and family ties
That we ofttimes fail to appreciate.
For gifts received and gifts rejected
Those gifts we should have all respected
For the things that we least expected
And failed to see their value mount.
So let's bow our heads and give our thanks
For all those people in our ranks
Fond memories in our "data banks"
And a life that's full of blessings still!