I have a lot to be thankful for, and I am aware that there are so many people who struggle on this day to find gratitude in lives that are lived with so much struggle. So before I begin this list of things for which I am thankful, I send out a prayer of gratitude and a prayer of supplication for those who struggle to find the places of gratitude in their lives. I wish that they would, in the coming year, experience the love and acknowledgement of dignity that we, as humans, have the ability to gift one another. I will strive to do my part.
A few things I'm grateful for this Thanksgiving:
1. My children. Even at six o'clock in the morning on a Saturday when I hear, "Mommy...Mommy...Mommy...Mommy" in monotone.
2. My husband. Who lives with a writer. Enough said.
3. Books. I just finished Warlight, by Michael Ondaatje, a fantastic read. I was swept back in time by this convoluted tale. I could feel the smoke closing in around me.
4. Words. I'm currently reading Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah. Words matter.
5. Food. I know that I am blessed to have more than enough to eat, but I'd be lying if I weren't especially thankful today for cranberry sauce and sweet potato casserole (with brown sugar pecans, no marshmallows).
5. Family. We don't agree on everything, but we agree to love.
6. Friends. Man, a tribe is so necessary.
7. Beauty. It's everywhere, but I find it so particularly in nature. I love to be in nature, first thing in the morning, when the creatures haven't yet been disrupted by our human antics.
8. Mary Oliver.
9. Beds. My favorite moment of the day is getting in bed. Under the covers. Snuggled with a book.
10. Lemurs. They're adorable. Weirdly adorable.
11. Central heating and air. And blankets.
12. Faith. Believing in more than myself keeps me centered.
14. Puzzles. They focus my mind when it tries to pull me astray.
15. Art. Because expression is of utmost importance.
16. Chocolate. My body may not tolerate you, but my taste buds are grateful.
17. Stars. They keep my self-importance in check.
18. Seashells. Natural art.
19. My abilities. I must write, and I'm so thankful that I can.
20. Support. If you're reading this, thank you.
There's much more, but I'll stop, for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is on the horizon. I wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving. May you eat, drink, and be merry.