Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and I’ve been faithfully conjuring up something I am thankful for (almost) every day in November as my contribution on social media. Okay, technically I'm about 5 days behind but in general my Facebook page has been graced with statements of appreciation for all the good stuff in my life. I’ve never jumped on this particular bandwagon before, but I found it to be kind of an interesting experiment as well as a feel-good thing. It does make one think about the little things we take for granted, and maybe even a few big moments we need to be reminded about. For now, though, let’s just have some fun.
I am thankful that I found the perfect hair stylist in a salon that doesn’t have a fancy café, personnel with names like Saffron or Xander who are constantly checking their own reflection in the mirror, or reception area sofas that you need a ladder to climb out of.
I am thankful that Netflix brought every season of Gilmore Girls back, even though I don’t have Netflix. Yet. Which leads me to my next thought.
I am thankful that in just a few weeks Second Born will be home for her break. She has Netflix (thanks to an awesome future brother-in-law she owes Big Time).
I am thankful for the days when we arrive at Sam’s Club to shop, just in time to try the various samples they serve, especially the pie.
Speaking of pie, can someone explain to me how you forget about pie? We had chocolate pudding pie left over from the weekend and I asked the Spouse a little while ago if he wanted some. He had the audacity to say he forgot all about it. That simply cannot be true – seriously, who forgets about pie?
Whatever (liar) - back to my list.
I am thankful for the new kitchen curtains I’ll soon be getting. That one was thrown in because I’m typing at the kitchen table and just realized how sad and tattered my curtains are. I believe they may have been part of the first Thanksgiving.
I am thankful I’m still getting a decent night’s sleep knowing First Born’s wedding is six months away and her shower is less than five months from now, and there are a million things to think about and do, and – and – DANGIT, there goes the whole decent night’s sleep thing.
I am thankful The Fiancé and The Spouse can have guy conversations when they are together without grunting or snorting. Mostly.
I am thankful that our kids can stand each other for a whole week during Thanksgiving break (and they probably get along better without us around).
There is always something to be thankful for, even in rough times. Recently I found a photo First Born had taken of Spouse and me when I was going through chemo treatments for Leukemia back in 2008. I had just the littlest bit of peach fuzz on my head, and the photo actually made me laugh. Laughter is good for the soul, no matter when you feel it coming on.
It’s a good idea to remember that thankfulness shouldn’t be confused with looking for perfection. There are few perfect moments in life, so we need to find what is perfect about the moment itself.
Did your 2-year-old get through a whole meal without using part of it as wallpaper?
Has your mother-in-law pronounced your name correctly the last three (fine, two) times you saw her?
Did your significant other suggest dinner out that didn’t include a drive-through?
Celebrate with thankfulness!
I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving with those you love and those you can laugh with.
By the way, I signed up to bring a vegetable and dessert for our annual Thanksgiving dinner with church friends. I'm not planning on combining them into one dish.
Be very thankful.