Thanksgiving Day! What It Means To Me! By Barry Levinson


Barry Levinson

Well, tomorrow will be another Thanksgiving Day to celebrate and enjoy.   At my stage of life, there have been many such days.   But now considered a senior citizen by most with a 12-year-old son, it makes me want to reflect on this very special day of national celebration.

When I look upon my son, feelings of love, hope, and faith in the future fill all my senses.   He could not be more special to me and I could not be more proud of the young man he is so quickly becoming right before he enters his teen years.
My son Brett is now in Junior High School, maturing and growing so fast right before his parents eyes.  We look forward to his further development but are amazed at how fast these 12 years have gone.
As I said, there is no greater way to garner hope for the future than to peer into the future of your children.  There are many instances when the things he says or the questions he asks are not only remarkable for a 12-year-old but are remarkable for any person at any stage in life.
He is smart, in fact very smart and that intelligence and inquisitiveness will certainly help him make his way in the world.   But brains does not make for a good human being.   The qualities of generosity, the importance he places on friendship (including how he routinely will stand up to help defend his friends), the honor of his actions and the integrity of his being, those are the things that make for a good human being.   Throw in a great sense of humor and a loving nature and you have one great kid.   What is a byproduct of being a good human being?   It is being a happier human being.
So I thought it was the time that I told him what I had been thinking privately to myself for some time now.   I told Brett that I expect great things from him.   I expect that whatever choices he makes in life that he will make a real difference.  I also told him that I was not trying to put pressure on him to meet very high and may be difficult if not impossible expectations.   I told him that I just believe deeply in the quality of my son and that I believe he will make his way through life making a real positive difference for others as well as his family and friends.
I am blessed that my wife Susan has been such a positive force in our family’s life.  That she has dedicated herself to raise Brett the best that she could with much love and devotion.
For life as well as society is a continuum.  One way we leave this life in a better place is by leaving children that will help make our society better in the future.
So only a few hours before another Thanksgiving Day, I am lucky to have such hope and faith that life is good and more importantly that I strongly believe my son, Brett will lead his life in a way that will be a positive influence on so many others.

May I suggest if you have not done so in a while or maybe ever to tell your children how very special they are, how much they are loved and how much hope and faith you as parents have in them.

Wishing family and friends a happy, healthy and blessed Thanksgiving Day.

  1. #1 by Barry Levinson on November 23, 2017 - 12:41 am

    At the end of the day, whether we raise more good and ethical children than not will determine the success or failure of our society in the coming generations.

    Those on the Fullerton City Council dais who all too often mislead, misinform and sometimes just out and out lie to us are not the role models we need moving forward. In fact, I would suggest their offspring will more than likely grow up to the exact opposite of what we as a society need to be a better and more ethical country.

    • #2 by Corey on December 1, 2017 - 11:37 pm

      So you are willing to discard children – some who may be in high school, some who may be in diapers, all of whom you have most likely never met – because their parents, as elected officials, refuse to do your personal bidding? Wow. And that from our resident child protector and champion!

  2. #3 by Anonymous on November 23, 2017 - 12:15 pm

    Very nice!

  3. #4 by Anonymous on November 23, 2017 - 8:22 pm

    Well said and happy thanksgiving to you and your family Mr. Levinson. Thank you for your work towards making Fullerton’s city government more honest. It is a thankless job and for your efforts, I thank you.

  4. #5 by Barry Levinson on November 24, 2017 - 10:42 am

    My family had a wonderful Thanksgiving experience. I spent it with my mother-in-law, my nephew and my wife and son.

    Part of being thankful, is to acknowledge that each and every one of us has a responsibility to contribute to the greater good of society and our community.

    As we approach another glorious holiday, Christmas, here is hoping that we all try to do just a little bit more for our community and our neighbors.

  5. #6 by Corey on December 1, 2017 - 11:39 pm

    Yes, no doubt, your precious snowflake is beyond special. Shall I save him now for saving man kind or wait until later? Or thank you – since apparently his brilliance is a direct reflection on you?

  6. #7 by A Fullerton Observer on December 2, 2017 - 10:09 pm

    There is nothing more disgusting than an adult making fun of a child, one he apparently has never met.

    Mr. Levinson has high hopes for his son but based on Corey’s comments there is obviously no hope for him.

  7. #8 by Fullerton's Lowlifes on December 3, 2017 - 3:07 pm

    Who is Corey?

    Here is what we do know about him.
    1. Defender of convicted pedophiles!
    2. A person who verbally attacks children he does not even know.

    Obviously an all around “great guy”.

    Let us wrap this up by stating that he defends those that physically and sexually abuses children and then verbally attacks a child he has never met. How would you like this man to live next door to your family Fullertonians?

    Certainly, he seems to fit in quite well with our City of Fullerton government leaders. For they supported pedophiles by repealing Ordinance 3149 unanimously.

    • #9 by Corey on December 11, 2017 - 12:30 am

      Yes, who is Corey?

      1. A person who knows the meaning of the word “pedophile” and that one cannot be thusly convicted!

      2. Not a person who verbally attacks children he does not even know.

      Re. 1, there must be something in the water in Fullerton that renders its residents incapable of looking up the meaning of the term “pedophile”. If not the DSM-V, at least fire up Wikipedia to find out. Even better, when you find the California Penal Code section for Pedophilia, please post it.

      Re. 2, I never attacked the child. I am certain he is a delightful boy. I did, however, unashamedly, unapologetically and rightfully mock the author of this drivel, as he claims his son is special without sharing one accomplishment to support his contention. The only thing that appears to elevate this child above others is that he was conceived and is being raised by the author. Talk about being full of himself. On Thanksgiving Day, no less. Giving thanks to himself? Oh my….

      Conversely, the author, in a follow up comment, expresses extremely negative sentiment towards other children for no other reason than that he does not approve of the job their parents are doing. “Those on the Fullerton City Council dais who all too often mislead, misinform and sometimes just out and out lie to us are not the role models we need moving forward. In fact, I would suggest their offspring will more than likely grow up to the exact opposite of what we as a society need to be a better and more ethical country.” So your son is special because of his father and these kids will be detriments to society because of their fathers? Really?

      Of course, this author has no problem and has spent countless hours ensuring that any number of children are banished from living in most residential areas of the City of Fullerton, relegating them to the fringes of society – for something their parents did!

      Yeah, Mr. Levinson is a real protector of children. Or was that his property value?

      Fullerton’s Lowlifes – I know this is difficult to grasp, but this unconstitutional ordinance was about children in schools and parks and NOT about picking your neighbors. Or was it?

  8. #10 by Anonymous on December 11, 2017 - 10:01 am

    I think you got under Corey’s skin Mr. Levinson. Good for you sir. We know that you have stood up for all of us in Fullerton but especially for our children and for that we greatly thank you.

    • #11 by Corey on December 11, 2017 - 11:29 am

      I thought I was responding Fullerton’s Lowlifes…

      But yes, yes indeed, he did. Just like any other braggart would.

      Even more so, a person who gleefully supports the violation of the Constitution, demands the expenditure of public resources for his own personal benefit and sacrifices the well being of children for the perceived well being of his own.

      @Anonymous – what has he done “for our children” – exactly? Thanks in advance.

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