I have always said that Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love that there's no gift giving tradition to leave us all in some variation of anxious and/or disappointed. I love that the food can be towards the healthy edge of the spectrum.
But most of all, I love a holiday that revolves around gratitude.
Let me now make a list of all the things for which I am most grateful in the past year:
--At my midlife point of losing friends and not just because they move to a new town, I am grateful for the family and friends who are still here.
--I am grateful that my family continues to enjoy spending time together. I had wondered if we might drift away from each other after the death of my grandmother, but we have not.
--I am grateful for the publishing successes of the past year, particularly my chapbook acceptance and my inclusion in this book that celebrates the Annunciation. But more than that, I am profoundly grateful for my various creative communities.
--I am grateful for my various jobs and volunteer work--how wonderful to be fed in so many ways.
--I am grateful that my spouse has returned to teaching and that he likes it.
Let me not get so lost in my luckiness that I forget those who can't be so grateful. Let me continue to yearn for and to work for a world where we all have enough to inspire gratitude.
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