Pretend you’re in third grade. It’s the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and your teacher just gave you That Assignment.
Now pretend it was your idea all along. With me? Let’s do this. Here’s mine:
This year I am thankful for…
…the good health of my family, myself, and most of my loved ones.
…the communal strength, love and support that continues to go out to those in need of it.
…the power of Nature’s everyday beauty that she keeps surprising me with (Spiderweb! Lichen! Wing of thrush!)
…really DARK chocolate
…the way gardening and eating local food is re-awakening in America
…my amazing amalgam of work, which allows me to get my hands sticky, get paid, interact with lovely people, and still retire to the quiet of my writing bench
…those hard-working folks still teaching and nursing and fixing pipes FULL TIME (y’all know who you are; I am so grateful to you–please let me make you pie!)
…friends who push me to improve my Spanish and my guitar-playing.
…mis hijos. Los dos.
…my Mate. Always. Always. But somehow, after 37 years–increasingly.
Know what? I could do this all day. How ’bout you? What’s at the top of your gratitude list? HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
PS–don’t forget to #optoutside this Black Friday!