While I’m in the rare situation of having three posts saved and ready to go, I wanted to take some time today to celebrate Thanksgiving and all I’m thankful for. I hope everyone has a happy day, good times with family and friends, good food, and safe travels.
I’m thankful to have so much in my life, especially my dear husband of ten years, and the life we’ve built together. With every day our marriage grows into the kind of partnership I always hoped for. With him, I am myself, only better. I love him for everything he is that I’m not, and I think he feels the same. He brings an incredible richness to our life and I can’t imagine spending a day without him.
I say all this because yesterday, I found out that a woman I work with lost her husband to a heart attack. He’d been in the hospital the last three weeks but I was really hoping for his recovery. Instead of spending Thanksgiving weekend with her husband (of only 5 years) she’s spending the weekend at a funeral. This is not someone I know well, but her story is a reminder of what we already know: that every day spent with someone you love is precious.
Sorry to be melodramatic. I love that my husband tells me he loves me before he leaves the house every day, and I always do the same. Not because we’re paranoid, but because every day is a day something could happen.
So here’s what I’m thankful for. I’m thankful for my marriage, my home, and my two cats Sammy and Harley. I’m thankful to have a good job, even if it’s one I sometimes hate. I’m actually thankful for the increased responsibility I’ve been given recently. I may be stressed and working too many hours, but I’m happier than when I felt my work was undervalued and meaningless.
I’m thankful for my family, including all my extended family. I’m thankful for for my parents, my sisters who are also my closest friends, and my five nieces and one nephew. And as much as I love being an aunt, I’m also thankful for my decision not to have children. There may be people who get older and regret that decision, but I’m thankful I’m not one of them. It was the right choice for me, and I’m thankful to have the freedom to live my life my own way.
I’m thankful that my family is healthy and generally happy. My family may be scattered around the country but no one is spending Thanksgiving alone. I’m thankful my father lives nearby, and that I can spend today with him and the members of his own extended family.
I’m also thankful for good books, music, art wine, travel, etc. After all, these are the things that make our lives technicolor rather than black and white. Sure, I might rather be living near the beach in Hawaii, or running my bookstore, or traveling the world. But today I’m going to savor everything I have.
And I’m thankful for you. Thanks for reading, and for being a part of my life in this one small way. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.