Wednesday, November 20, 2013
I am thankful. I am very thankful. I am thankful for my wife of 18 years. She is a wonderful mother to our two children. She is a great helpmate to me. She has a very busy schedule, but when her other family obligations permit, she has served alongside me and in my stead at multiple state events. I am thankful for my family.
I am thankful for Oklahoma. I'm thankful our state has a rich history and heritage. Our state personifies hard work, fulfilling big dreams, and working together. I'm thankful for the small businesses that account for over 97% of all our employers. They are the backbone of our economy and employ so much of our workforce. In the last few years they have experienced such quantifiable growth they have been ranked at the top or near the top in several economic indicators. I am thankful for their growth.
I am thankful for the people of Oklahoma. Our people are second to none. Our work ethic was referenced above. As a people we also are generous. When multiple tornadoes wreaked havoc across our state last spring, the people of Oklahoma did not wait for official requests to help. As soon as the clouds broke, neighbors rushed out to help neighbors as well as perfect strangers. "Love thy neighbor" is lived out regularly in Oklahoma.
I am thankful our state's future looks bright. Significant companies have expanded or opened new operations in Oklahoma, like Boeing and Google. Even more growth has been happening organically. Many of our homegrown companies have re-invested in their business and have hired more Oklahomans.
I am thankful that so many of my lieutenant governor colleagues came to Oklahoma for our national conference last summer. I'm also thankful of the many compliments they spoke of our state.
Just as a winning football coach breaks down game film and sees areas his team must improve to be even better, similarly I often do the same. We still have more work to do, but I am thankful for the successes Oklahoma has achieved in the last couple of years.
I wrote of my family in the opening paragraph. I close by writing that I am very thankful Monica and I were born in Oklahoma, as were our children. I am thankful we are raising our family right here in the great state of Oklahoma.
Happy Thanksgiving, Oklahoma!
As always, my office is open and ready to assist you in any way we can. I am excited to hear your ideas. Feel free to visit our website at www.ok.gov/ltgovernor, find us on Facebook and Twitter (@LtGovToddLamb) or call our office at 405.521.2161.