I'm thankful to be alive and able to enjoy life.
I'm thankful for my job, and for my co-workers who keep me from having to work all the time.
I'm thankful for my home, and my possessions, thankful most especially for those things I desperately wanted that we found a way to get. (Thank you Johnny B. for my wonderful MacBook Pro! And thank you Raven for building me a PC out of spare parts and cat hair.)
I'm thankful for my family, both my st0rmraven
, and those who don't live with me; the family I was lucky to be born into and the family I was lucky to find and love.
I'm thankful for my friends, near and far; every time we meet is a blessing, and the intervals between.
I'm thankful for Geeg and Chisa, who have been with me since before I was married, and Engineer Cat who is most instructive.
I'm thankful for this holiday. I'm thankful for comfort and warm food and the blessings of being together with one another, and (this may seem strange to you Northerners but bear with me here) I'm thankful for the coming winter*, for the rest and repair and settling of cold weather. I'm thankful that after Thanksgiving comes Christmas, and this year I'm ready to celebrate again!
I'm thankful for joy, and thankful that it doesn't rest in any one person-- it's a constant creation suffusing the world, if only we can open ourselves to it.
And now, it's time for me to go start laundry and herbed bread, and go have lunch today with my great-aunt and family, none of whom I've seen since I was married many years ago.
*"Winter" in this area is the secular name for "the weeks of sweatshirt weather between Christmas and the Super Bowl."