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Dear Reader: Happy THANKSgiving!

by Vaun Thygerson
Contributing writer and mother of three

Finally, the air is colder and the leaves are changing, and to me this means one thing: Sweater Weather! One of my favorite Saturday Night Live skits is when Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph get so excited when discussing the changing season, they can’t stop themselves from continually repeating, in their best Bronx-inspired accents, “Sweata Weatha!” I can barely say this phrase using the “er” at the end rather than the “a.” I’m a huge fan of all fall clothing – sweaters, jackets, jeans, and boots. The second the weather dips to the high 70’s, I change my entire wardrobe to feature this attire. My boys, on the other hand, haven’t quite figured out the beauty of sweata weatha! 

My teenage boys wear shorts year-round. When my oldest son was in seventh grade, he wore shorts every day to school and did not wear pants at all – not one day! That year, I remember taking a photo, in December, of my boys in t-shirts, shorts, and flip flops and sending it to my relatives in Idaho to show them the beauty of living in California. Now that they are older (and maybe a little wiser) they will wear sweatshirts, but still don shorts more often than not. I don’t get it, but they swear they aren’t cold. For me, I’ll stick with the sweaters! 

November is a great month to be grateful for many things, including the beginning of the Holiday Season, pumpkin-scented everything, family, friends, and the celebration of veterans. As a daughter of a veteran, I appreciate the observance of this holiday. This year marks Bakersfield’s 100th Annual Bakersfield Veteran’s Day Parade, which will be held on Monday, November 11, at 10 a.m. downtown.

KCFM wants to give a special thank you to Lili Marsh, founder of Portrait of a Warrior Gallery – Kern County and Maria Garcia, mother of Alberto Garcia, Jr., a fallen hero who was killed in action in 2007 during Operation Iraqi Freedom, for helping out with this issue. In the article, “Veteran’s Day: Portrait of a Warrior Gallery – Kern County,” on page 22, these two women talk about the impact this gallery has had on their families and the people of Kern County. If you haven’t been to this gallery, make sure you take some time to go visit and honor these brave heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The gallery is located at 1925 Eye Street, perfectly located across the street from an inspiring patriotic mural.


In this month’s Humor@Home article, Julie Willis writes about how best to help children morph into appreciative adults. Entitled, “My Spoiled Caterpillars Who Will One Day Become Grateful Butterflies: Teaching Children to Be Thankful,” the article, on page 18, focuses on ways to help her children become more empathetic and work towards changing into grateful butterflies. 

Another article this month, “Diabetes Advocacy in Kern County: One Family’s New Normal, on page 10, Callie Collins writes about how life changed for the Paglinawan family when their daughter, Ysabela, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. November 14 is World Diabetes Day, a day to spread awareness and educate people on this disease. Ysabela encourages her classmates to wear blue on this day, as it is the official color of diabetes awareness.

While you’re enjoying the change in the weather and sporting your favorite fall attire, don’t forget to say “thank you” to those who have sacrificed so much for their country. What better way to show your support than a visit to the Portrait of a Warrior Gallery – Kern County. This month is about being grateful and giving thanks! So don’t just be “full” this Thanksgiving, be ThankFUL!

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