So, technically, as of this writing, it is not actually Thanksgiving, it is the evening before, but since I am going to be helping cook for tomorrow in, oh, about 30 minutes, I thought I would post it up early.
Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for all that you have, and, if you ask most people they will give you the traditional answer. Family. Friends. Loved ones. Health. Turkey. We all know the drill, and I used to be right there with them, answering the “what are you thankful for?” question with whatever came to mind so that we could be done and eat.
Then, three years ago, I met a person who actually showed me what it was to be thankful.
So now I can say that I am thankful for not being in the dark. I can be thankful for a friend who will show up at 3:30 in the morning when the cat is caught in the blinds and I am bleeding all over the apartment. For a friend who teaches me music. I can be thankful for two more friends who, even though they had to move away keep in touch more than others who live down the street, or down the highway, or across town. I can be thankful for the friend who isn’t really a people person but who still manages to not take himself so seriously that he doesn’t make bad pun jokes.
I am thankful that my family is functional and that they care about each other even if there are big huge fights at times.
I am thankful that I don’t have to pretend to be happy, that I don’t have to act like my world is going right so that no one sees that it is falling apart. I am thankful that I don’t have to blame my problems on others to have that happiness.
I am thankful that I don’t have a husband in Iraq, and that my sister, who does, is still able to laugh and play with her daughter. I am thankful for the fact that her husband is still safe even if he is over there. I am thankful that my brother’s family is able to find joy in each other despite the personal problems their family has faced. I am thankful that I have both of my parents, and two grandparents still around.
I am thankful that I have an “Arkansas” family in Denton, and that they care about me as much as my birth family cares about me.
I am thankful for sight, because without it I would not be able to paint. I am thankful for trees. I am thankful for my cats who can be annoying, but who know when I need them to be in my lap.
So to all of you who have shown me a real answer to “what are you thankful for” I thank you.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Now off to the kitchen with me.