Thursday, November 25, 2010
I used to have a tradition of asking everyone who came to Thanksgiving dinner to bring a talisman to put in the center of the table, a representation of something that they were thankful for in their lives. I know that one of my first offerings was a little figurine of a sleeping baby (because it was my first Thanksgiving after Spencer was born -- or maybe my second! -- and I was deeply grateful for all the intermittent moments that he actually slept).
As we await guests and prepare food, I'm going to start off a list of things that I am thankful for on this day, and then I'm going to ask my guests to come in here at their leisure and add to the list.
So here goes:
On this day when we give thanks, I am grateful for...
My incredible family
Roger, who is so committed to taking care of me, and us, that it takes my breath away
Spencer and Taylor, the most amazing people I've ever had the pleasure to know
My beloved extended family - Xia, Zach, Mel, Pythia, David -- who have brought food, helped out, and made this day so warm and cozy
Everyone who did everything while I sat here blowing my nose
All of our incredible friends, north and south, east and west (and even right at home)
My mom's improving health
My banana slug sweatshirt
Soft soft Kleenex (TM)
Our collective sense of humor
Grocery shopping for my family and friends, filling my cart, greeting other shoppers (especially the "amateurs" who only come out on holidays), and feeling bountiful.
Kathy for her ability to keep me calm.
Zach, who constantly amazes me.
Xia, for being in our lives.
Tay and Spence, for coming into my life.
That we have friends and family to spend the day with in good health.
My wonderful work and careers.
my fantastically dis-functional school
my trailer, and treehouse!
My various bits of technology that make my life so much simpler.
And of course my wonderful mother who made this blog and myself,
oh yeah, thanks dad for your spermacle contribution.
And of course Taylor, my super awesome brotha/broski/brohan/brocundo/brodozer
From Sam the Golden Doodle:
Going on walks.
Playing with other animals (species not important).
I'm a man of simplicity so I shall say that I am thankful for everything that has made me smile, and not some awkward sarcastic smile.
From Kathy again...
A great meal, a lovely afternoon with family. Very thankful for the fabulous food, the cleaned-up kitchen and, now, an opportunity to just... stop. Very very thankful for that, too.
# posted by Katherine Doughtie Nolan @ 11:29 AM
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