Before I start cooking my turkey and getting obsessed with making the perfect Challah bread stuffing, I want to take a minute and express my gratitude on this Thanksgiving Day.
First of all, I am thankful for a husband who, after 13 and a half years of marriage still sends me emails that say this:
“You do not know how much I really love you. You do not know that I turn down the music or TV when I hear you sing in the bathtub. I love your voice when you are singing.”
Well honey? I do now, and I’m without words, forgive me sweetheart. I hope there are other people in the world who have what we have. Thank you for allowing me to be myself, for always accepting me and loving me all the more for it. Mainly, thank you for putting up with me. I love you.
I’m thankful to have a job that, while it isn’t exactly my dream job, it provides food on my table, clothes on my back, and a means for me to travel and see the world.
I’m thankful for my family. My memaw, my mom, my stepfather, my sister, my nieces and nephews who are so very far away, and who allow me to write honestly about them here and still love and support me. My mother especially. Thank you, mom.
I’m thankful for my friends. Wow. A wealth of friendships have been made just in the time we’ve been living in this great state, a vast number in my lifetime, some of them, I’ve lost touch with, some I haven’t. All of them, I dearly love.
I’m thankful for the friends I will be spending Thanksgiving with today. Dusty’s family who has all but “adopted” Howard and myself. Dusty’s aunt Susie who is letting me
totally wreck use her industrial kitchen to burn cook my turkey and spend the day in a glorious haze thanks to her Hot Buttered Rum recipe. I’m grateful for Dusty, the brother I’ve always wanted. I’m grateful to his mom who goes out of her way, much like everyone else in his family, to put a smile on my face.
I’m thankful that I live in a country where I can speak freely, and I’m thankful that I live in a town where I can sleep with my doors unlocked.
I’m thankful for my four legged furries, my two dogs and my cat, who have humored me by their presence in my life everyday.
I’m thankful that I’m reasonably healthy. I don’t have any life threatening illnesses, I’ve got two legs to walk with, a voice with which to sing, two arms to hug with, eyes that can take in the beauty of the world and two ears that can hear it too.
From my home to yours, have a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING!