A message from one of our instructors. A sentiment shared by all of us on this Thanksgiving Day:
We view our world around us today in turmoil. Terrorists striking out around the world, racial unrest in the U.S., drug related crime,senseless violence and declining respect for law enforcement.
But we have much, individually and collectively, to be thankful for. We still live in the greatest nation in the world protected by military and law enforcement that are at risk, under paid and under appreciated. Yet they protect us everyday.
We have our family and friends. Here at TDI that includes our students and fellow instructors. Our students replenish our spirits when they first come to a class and we "see the light turn on". Our students brighten our lives when we see them year after year, as you are not just students, you become our friends and part of our family. We always get compliments for helping you, but in a very real sense you help us as well. You return with your experiences, stories, questions, laughter and caring for who were are and what we teach.
To my fellow instructors, you are my brothers and sisters. Some I see often, others less frequently. But you are all part of the family, sharing weddings, divorces, births, funerals,countless hours together and laughter, oh so much laughter. Thank you for allowing me into the family. As John Benner always tells someone interested in becoming an instructor, he invites you for the first weekend, the rest of the family decides if you stay. Thank you for allowing me to stay.
I am thankful for John and Kathy Benner. Every family needs its patriarchs. We could have none better. Kathy welcomes us into her home and was a rock in establishing TDI in ways few will ever really know. John, well John is John. If you know him you know what that means-hard worker, cigar smoker, innovator, teacher, advocate, laugher, giver and best friend. You have changed my life like you have for so many others. I can never thank you enough.
We have much to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving. ...