Thanksgiving is just a few days away and I am ready, mostly. My elastic waistband pants are clean and ready to wear. I’ve got yummy food planned for Thursday through Sunday. That’s right — Thanksgiving is a four-day food fest in my home. Glorious, glorious food. And it’s all mine! Cue maniacal laugh.
Well, it will be, provided I nip this little bout of the sniffles before it morphs into something worse. Even though I oddly (and somewhat annoyingly) don’t lose my appetite when ill, I won’t waste effort and money cooking and baking things I cannot taste. 🙂 Thus, I’m using all my tried and true DIY cold remedies to defeat my sneezing and wheezing, so I can devour a pile of mashed potatoes and stuffing on Thursday. But before I slurp some more chicken noodle soup, I want to share a few things that I am grateful for this Thanksgiving.
I am Thankful for …
Gratitude plays a big role in my life, which means sometimes I neglect it terribly. But it does always live in my heart and these days I am grateful more than ever.
- Freedom. I may not be happy with the outcome of the election, but I am incredibly grateful to live in a country where I can express my feelings. Even days when I feel worried, angry or fearful, I still believe in this great country and in my ability to make a real difference.
- Good people. Yup, we are seeing the worst come out of some people, and we’re also seeing people stand up against hate and misogyny. Two things that have existed since time began but they are often overlooked today, yet simmered underneath and influenced our thoughts and actions. Let’s shine a light on them and expose their ugly myths, including how they hurt us and make us weaker, not stronger.
- Great books and fellow book nerds. Reading has always been a somewhat secret passion. I was also in a bit of a rut, reading the same authors and genres. But thanks to Jana and Steph and their amazing Show Us Your Books Link-Up, my TBR is bigger than me and I have been introduced to so many new authors and books. Best of all, I connected with so many fellow book lovers and made some great new friends.
- My supportive family. We survived a week together in May when my parents and my brother’s family visited me, which was a kind of crazy, good insanity. I am blessed with a great family and know not everyone is as fortunate. We not only get along with each other but help each out and cheer each other on. They are the best, period.
- Max, aka the Coolest Cat in the World. Seriously, it’s his comment handle on Eat Laugh Purr. I am grateful that he allows me to cater to his every whim. That he willingly endures constant adoration and permits me to spoil him terribly. He came into my life during a time where I cried more than smiled and he helped me find joy again.
- You, dear reader. Blogging is great fun but it also takes a lot effort. And you keep me going, from your supportive comments, shared wisdom and inclusion into your community. It’s a real privilege. I appreciate everyone who stops by, whether or not you comment, although please comment if you’ve been too shy to do so before now. I am friendly, mostly. 😉
- And elastic waistbands. One can never, ever, be too grateful for elastic waistbands!
We are More Alike, than Unlike
Before I sign off for the week and start cooking, eating and reading, I have one request. As you sit down with family and/or friends this Thanksgiving, look around the table and really see the people you break bread with. There are some differences, some seemingly too big to overcome. I feel that way sometimes too. But then I remember Maya Angelou’s great poem, Human Family and we are more alike, than unlike, my friends.
Be bold and share it. You might open some minds and hearts. And most all — live it.
Get Your Feast On …
I wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving, surrounded by good food and people you love. If you still need help with your Thanksgiving menu, check out my 2016 Thanksgiving Recipe Round-Up. It’s full of great appetizers, side dishes, bread and desserts. Err … no turkey recipes because I have cooking turkey fear. 🙂