The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts.  No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.
— H.U. Westermayer

Of all the holidays, Thanksgiving is my favorite.  I love going to my grandfather’s, knowing all the usual suspects will make an appearance, everyone will prepare something (my job is mashed potatoes and, for the last several years, also a dessert), there will be lots of catching up and storytelling, much laughter, maybe a few tears, and we’ll all leave a little fuller – both literally and metaphorically.

Here are some things I’m thankful for today:

1. my family, obviously – these people who hear me, and believe in me, and encourage me, and who I love tremendously

2. David, who is going to be my family one day

3. that David saved my computer from the jaws of the blue screen of death Monday night by spending 3 hours googling possible solutions on his computer until he found the right one

4. Facebook – what a genius invention; it keeps me up to date on my friends’ lives, even when we can’t be in touch as much as we’d like (and coming across a clever status message always makes me smile)

5. that my job is essentially guaranteed, at least for the next year, so unlike many people, I don’t have to worry so much about ending up unemployed

6. my friends – the ones I talk to all the time, the the ones I don’t hear from very often, the ones who are always in my thoughts, and even the ones who aren’t really friends anymore but who graced my life for a time

7. Chapstick – I never leave home without it

Wherever you are today, whoever you’re with, I hope you’re taking a moment to remember your blessings.  Enjoy your day!


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