Up here in the Frozen North, it was Thanksgiving Day today. It’s a great time for gathering together: no snow on the roads, no time-change-for-early-darkness yet, exactly the right time for all the harvest goodies. I love it.
Fortunately enough, we had our family Thanksgiving dinner yesterday, and today I hosted my dear friend and her kiddos for a second Thanksgiving dinner. In the spirit of thankfulness, I thought I’d list 5 things I am thankful for, right about now:
- I’m thankful I stuck with this project. I really am. It’s been trying at times and it’s been a tough slog, but I’m really proud that we’ve made it this far, all in one piece. I’m happy when I look in my cupboards and I can easily find what I’m looking for. I’m thrilled when I am able to let go of something that would have caused me no end of grief a year ago. I feel accomplished.
- I’m thankful for my wonderful kiddos. Since we’re going away for a week, soon, I needed to find a bunch of stuff for 5Down in advance. They each found 10 – 5Down things today and had fun doing it. They are enjoying the results of our combined efforts and they’ve really learned a lot about ‘stuff’ this year.
- I’m thankful for advance polls in this election this year. We could vote even though we’ll be out of town. My friend got to vote for the very first time today and the results of voting, in this country, won’t lead to bloodshed and violence in the streets. It didn’t take extreme courage to go to the polls. Her vote mattered and she was on the official list. I might vehemently dislike our current leader and I might deplore what he’s done to our country, but I still have the right to write about it, talk about it, vote about it. That’s rare.
- I’m thankful I’m not desperate. I have choices and I have a reasonable amount of security in my life. That is also rare, and I hardly know how I got so lucky and
- I’m really thankful for my husband. He’s not a perfect human being, but he is pretty amazing. I am a difficult person to work with and around and he works hard at managing me and my demanding needs. I have to tell you his response, yesterday, when I woke up at 6:45 and my running buddy was due to pick me up at 6:50 for the race.
“@*&!%” said I, on seeing the clock, and in the process of leaping out of bed.
“What?” he replied.
“Running buddy will be here in FIVE MINUTES, the alarm did not go off!” I said
“What can I do to help?” he asked.
Those are the best 6 most perfect words I have ever heard in my life.
Thankful? You bet.
Day 346 scorecard: 1730 down, 95 to go