I'm a boss, a business owner, a father and a husband (not necessarily in that order) so I feel pretty well qualified to talk about turkeys.

It's the week of Thanksgiving, and it's a great week in Montgomery County. Party Night is Saturday. (By the way, if you haven't already be sure to read Rick Holtz' great interview with Marlene Simonds about how Party Night started with a pop of the cork and a sip of the bubbly. If it wasn't for Marlene, the local shopping spree this Saturday might not even be happening.) In addition, Crawfordsville's and Montgomery County's businesses are really beginning to focus on the Christmas season.

It all kicks off tomorrow.

Today though, in kitchens all across Montgomery County, dough is being rolled out, transforming from that wonderful gooey mess into noodles, rolls and pie crusts. Husbands and children - often one and the same - are getting fingers smacked and told to go find something to do . . . OK, my wife probably is a little more specific than that. Certainly groceries are busy as last-minute items are snagged.

For us here at your favorite Montgomery County daily, it's always time to be thankful. We're thankful to you dear reader. Without you, there would be no locally owned newspaper. We're thankful to our wonderful advertisers for the same reason.

Look, we all live in a busy world, busier than it used to be a few years ago, infinitely busier than a few decades ago (when you reach a certain age, a few years and a few decades don't seem quite as different as they used to).

For whatever it's worth, let's hope that we all find the time to stop and give thanks. For some, perhaps many families, there might be fewer loved ones around the table than in the past. For some, perhaps many, there might be an addition or two as well. Generations come and generations go. It's what we all call living. Unfortunately, for way too many of us, these family gatherings don't occur as often as they used to. It's what we call life.

Whether these events are rare or regular, it's a wonderful opportunity to say thank you. Thank you to The Man Upstairs. Thank you to those gathered around. Thank you to those only left in our memories. None of us got anywhere without help.

It's so very easy to take things for granted, to overlook the many good things we're surrounded by. It's so easy to forget that there are many, many people who have a much tougher row to hoe than we do.

So allow me to start here. Thank you all for reading these silly words, for continuing to read what is a true labor of love for most of us on the third floor at Washington and Main. We'll continue to do our best to give you a local newspaper. And we'll do it with a grateful heart.

Happy Thanksgiving, Montgomery County.

Two cents, which is about how much Timmons said his columns are worth, appears periodically on Wednesdays in The Paper. Timmons is the publisher of The Paper and can be reached at ttimmons@thepaper24-7.com.