I love Thanksgiving. It has always been a big family event, with upwards of 50-60 people in attendance, a bunch of them children. Now that we've moved to CO, it's smaller. We celebrate with good friends and family at the house of my daughter's Mother and Father-in-law. The day has been sunny, warm, and cheery these last three years of being here. Just another reason we fell in love with CO.
Now that the political scene is over (well, it's supposed to be over - yet, so many of us are stretching the anger and sense of unfairness out - and I don't blame folks for their disappointment, but I do think it's time to move on), it's time to start looking at the holidays. Thanksgiving is just the beginning.
Here are some of the things I'm thankful for:
1. The great dinner I will be having, with family and friends, on Thursday. These are folks I see occasionally throughout the year but on this day, we'll laugh, and joke, and update each other on family events and just enjoy being together. No drama. At least, I don't think there will be drama.
2. The great outdoors. Yes, I know. I'm not an outdoors person. You are right. The out of doors is exactly where it belongs and I hope it stays there. That's why God gave us windows - to look through and enjoy the great outdoors. However, the dogs love being in it. My family loves hiking in the mountains. As a kid, I used to run off into the woods and explore, embracing the quiet, the sense of aloneness, the privacy. And, who doesn't swoon over fantastic imagery of mountains, lakes, forests, etc? Even I do. So, thank goodness for the great outdoors. May we, as a species, treat it well and give it the respect it deserves.
3. Good friends and family. I learned a lot about my friends during the recent presidential election. I learned that we all want the best for this country. I learned that, while we disagree on how to achieve many things, the goal is to support education, make people responsible for themselves - while offering a hand up if need be - and finding a way to balance the budget. Will those things happen? I think they will. I see a middle ground and I hope the government will go there.
5. My grandkids, both girls. One is 14 and a challenge (in a good way - she is growing up too fast, of course, but I can still talk to her - sort of), and the other is 2 and so much fun, she makes the sun shine brighter and the day seem more wonderful. I skype with her and laugh throughout the call. <pics from Annabelle N. Denmark - FABULOUS photographer!>
6. My kids. Best kids in the universe. Best two daughters and best son.
7. My entire family. Miss you guys! Can't wait to get home and see all'ya'all. (in this is Tom, and for Tom I am especially thankful - he is the very best thing in my world and I would be totally, just totally, lost without him!)
8. My pet community. Pet people are the best people. Just saying...
9. Local businesses that make fantastic products and are way better places to shop than ...those stupid stores that treat their employees like... insects to be stepped on if they ask for a living wage.
10. A sense of peace. Thank you Universe for letting me be me and for nudging me to keep achieving.
Now, what are you thankful for?