Ten Things For Which We Are Thankful

LA MESA -- The shelving crews at Ralphs, Vons and Trader Joe's have been working overtime.

Shoppers have been camping outside La Mesa Best Buy for five days (see photo above).

 Christmas ground zero -- ToysRUs -- has been stacking supplies and waiting to discover which of their products will be the hot ones early.

These are "all hands on deck" days for the industries that fuel the holiday season.

And so, with Thanksgiving about to dawn in the Jewel of the Hills, we start our list of "thanks" with a nod to those who serve more while the masses play. It is not always easy.

In this year of 2012, we offer a highly subjective list of a few more things we're thankful for in La Mesa and encourage you to add your own list in the comment section below:

We are thankful for:

  • Eri Miyabe (pictured right), the barista at Starbucks on La Mesa Boulevard whose indefatigable cheerfulness does more to light up her customers than any of the caffeinated products her company sells.
  • Helen Givens and Elaine Arapostathis, two of La Mesa's greatest moms who mix public service with never-ending support of inspiring children who do so much for the community.
  • The wonderful confections and the long hours spent by the owners of the Mt. Helix Best Donut Shop at Fuerte and Avocado. Donut emergencies happen.
  • The quietly hard-working members of the Mt. Helix Foundation who are a text-book example of how citizens united around a purpose can deliver something special to the community.
  • The dozens of citizens on the Centennial Committee and the La Mesa Historical Society who have produced a constant beat of creative and celebratory events to mark this community's 100th birthday. They are making history event by event.
  • The new elevator at the Grossmont Trolley Station that has already saved thousands of people millions of difficult steps.
  • Our police officers who daily face difficult situations for us all. Just ride with them one night and you'll see.
  • The hard-working, 24/7 workers at Sharp Grossmont Hospital who have kept good health care at the core of the La Mesa community.
  • The entrepreneurial, adaptive staff that has made the La Mesa Library one of the best in the San Diego County system.



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Comment by Kathy Kinsella on November 22, 2012 at 10:47am
And for Cosmos Coffee Shop....a great place to meet good friends and make new ones.
Comment by Jimmy Sanders on November 22, 2012 at 9:02am

The surest sign of a weak press is praise from politicians.

Comment by Scott H. Kidwell on November 22, 2012 at 8:05am

There are so many things to be grateful for. It has been said, "Gratitude is a sign of maturity. It is an indication of sincere humility. It is a hallmark of civility. And most of all, it is a divine principle. Where there is gratitude, there is humility instead of pride, generosity instead of selfishness."

Thank for reminding me!

Comment by Art Madrid on November 21, 2012 at 5:58pm

...and how about giving thanks to la mesa today, chris and gina, for their professionalism and reporting issues, topica and events without their editorial twist...just the facts.  

Comment by Lisa Moore on November 21, 2012 at 1:30pm

A lovely piece Chris....thank you!  I wish to give thanks to all our hard working service club volunteers who work tirelessly all year to make La Mesa what it is and by helping many segments of our community.  A special thanks goes out to Soroptimist Int'l of La Mesa which is the service club I have been a member of for 34 yrs.!  Our mission is to help women and girls in local communities and around the world.  We start at home in La Mesa!  Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

Comment by steve sund on November 21, 2012 at 11:54am

And Al, our friendly village mailman and Harold, the best UPS driver ever!

Comment by Bruce Hartman on November 21, 2012 at 11:36am

I concur! Thanks for including the dedicated and tireless caregivers of Sharp Grossmont Hospital on your list.

Comment by chris shea on November 21, 2012 at 10:43am

Good piece, Chris.  I was just sitting here at my desk at my new store with a view out the window to La Mesa Boulevard.  I am grateful to be here.  Thank you for your mention of my mom, Helen Givens, who has enriched my life (by having me in the first place) by being the kind of person everyone is blessed to know.  Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.  We are immeasurably fortunate  to live in this city.

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