It’s Thanksgiving day in the US. In a few hours I’ll be off to my parent’s house to enjoy (an enormous) dinner.
Since I was a kid Thanksgiving was an occasion that involved the entire family. There were some short-lived attempts at traditions, from a family football game in the backyard to a turkey call contest before dinner. The one that’s endured, is that everyone is involved with the cooking. My father made pre-dinner snacks. My mother made the turkey and green beans. My younger brothers made stuffing, cranberry pie, potatoes, and cornbread. I’m responsible for making pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce, and that hasn’t changed since I moved out.
Right before dinner (in place of the turkey calls) we typically say what we’re thankful for. Consider the below my own rehearsal, because I suspect I’ll be put on the spot later tonight. These are in no particular order.
- I’m thankful for the end to a holiday rush at work (at least until the next one), so that I may get some decent rest and my injured hand can heal.
- I’m thankful my father is alive and with improving health after his heart attack in July.
- I’m thankful for a family that is small and close.
- I’m thankful for the Internet to distract me as I write this list.
- I’m thankful for the progress I’ve made this year in becoming a published author.
- I’m thankful to have a partner who loves me, and makes me feel safe and happy.
So, what are you thankful for?