Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2006 by barbara

by barbara

Thanksgiving morning. Early. It's still dark outside. The days of rising in the wee small hours to put the big bird in the oven have faded into history, I guess. I've poured myself a glass of eggnog, minus booze. I suppose I could finesse the 5:00 start for cocktail hour to a.m., just this once. But I will salute the dawn with an unadulterated dairy product. Read more.

You know, some people live in gratitude most of the time. I know people who make lists each day of things for which they're grateful. Some of us need an occasional nudge, and Thanksgiving is the ultimate jump start.

So here in this small, cozy house where David and my brother still sleep soundly, I've been thinking about thanksgiving. Givethanksing. The mental list is long and it's inevitable I will forget to mention something important. Perhaps you'll forgive me, and I'm grateful for that. Also for:

Relatively Small Things
-- Double, even triple, rolls of toilet paper.
-- Front-wheel drive.
-- My chocolate allergy, without which I surely would weigh 300 pounds or more.
-- Caribou Coffee.
-- Polar fleece.
-- Lysol disinfectant that protects us from chickens.
-- Motion lights.
-- Hummingbirds.
-- Newspaper delivery right to our front door most days.
-- Sunflowers.
-- Target's enormous selection of toothpaste choices.
-- Glucosamine condroitin, far as I know.

Personal Things
-- David.
-- My grands.
-- My kiddos who love me as I am.
-- My sweet brother, for whom I am both sister and guardian.
-- Old friends and new.
-- My super soft panda jammies.

Bigger Things
-- The Internet, which has forever changed the way the world communicates, for good or ill.
-- Al Gore, who has dragged global warming to center stage and continues to try to persuade us that we absolutely, unequivocally must deal with it.
-- Nations talking about talking to each other, modeling that possibility for the United States.
-- Peacemakers with both visibility and clout enough to counter warmongers.
-- Democrats newly elected to office: Tim Walz, Amy Klobuchar, Jon Tester, Jim Webb. The hope those people and their freshman colleagues represent.
-- Truthtellers: Bill Moyers, Keith Olbermann, Molly Ivins.
-- The freedom to tee off on our government without being poisoned (so far).
-- This immense, beautiful land with open borders around its periphery and between its states (so far).
-- Our soldiers: the living and the dead.

Intangibles
-- Second chances.
-- Laughter.
-- Connections.
-- Hope.
-- More hope. It couldn't hurt.

The sky is lightening. A new day is dawning. Thanksgiving is officially here.

Cheers!

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Comments

MLS (not verified) | November 23, 2006 - 8:44am

I thank you, Susan and Lynnell for the clothesline where its always fun to hang out and read your thoughts while I drink my coffee or
glass of wine (depending on the time of day of course) each day.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

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BJ (not verified) | November 23, 2006 - 9:51am

Hey, MLS, thanks! It's comforting to know you're there! Happy Thanksgiving to you, too. Barbara

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