In honor of Thanksgiving I decided I should write a post about all the things for which I’m grateful. I tried it three different times. It’s not that I’m not filled with gratitude in every aspect of my life (I’m in excellent health, I’ve held on to my job during really difficult times, I have a wonderful man, my family and friends rock, and I look forward to all the possibilities my future holds); I think feeling that I HAD to do something provoked the inner teenager in my mind to cross her arms, hold her ground, and say “Make me”.
You’ll just have to imagine me stomping my foot just as this picture was taken.
Since I have learned to chose my battles, I decided instead to focus on something else. Hmmmmm …. what could be Thanksgiving related but not gratitude? Hmmmmmm… Food!
My senior year of high school we had a foreign exchange student staying with us. When Thanksgiving came around, I remember telling her the story about the first Thanksgiving: Pilgrims, Indians, feasting. You know what? It makes a lot more sense if you are 5 and don’t know what happened later. The whole point of the holiday seemed lost in translation. I finally said, “It’s a holiday where you eat until you can’t eat any more.” That was understood.
Which reminds me of an only tangentially related to Thanksgiving story. When my sister and I were in our twenties, we got a coupon in the mail for a Black Angus Prime Rib feast – 2 for $25. So we went and ate and ate and ate. After we finished off the dessert, we realized we were too full to move. As we reclined in the very comfy booth, trying not to explode, one of us brought up the fact that we were “Thanksgiving post-pumpkin pie full”.
I plan to NOT be button-popping full at the end of the day, to share my love and gratitude with my loved ones, watch football, and help plan out our Black Friday plan of attack.
I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. Thank you for reading my blog. You are my inspiration to continue it.
Please feel free to share what you are grateful for … if your inner teenager doesn’t object.