Thanksgiving is upon us. When I was a kid, Thanksgiving meant turkeys, Pilgrims, lots of food (including lasagna- hey, I’m Italian), and a couple of days off of school. Truth be told, I only thought about what I was grateful for because it was usually a school assignment. However as I got older, especially once Macho Man and I got married and we had our daughter, I developed a deep sense of gratitude for our many blessings. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t thank God for our family- well, except maybe on those days when I want to run away to a tropical island and drink daiquiris with my girlfriends. But mostly, I am in awe of the gift with which I was entrusted- another human life. I hardly feel worthy. Which is probably why I only got one. In all (sort of) seriousness though, there is a lot that I feel thankful for, especially this year. Please indulge me as I recall my elementary school days and present my numbered list to you.
I am thankful for…
1. My daughter. Without waxing too sentimental, she is absolutely the biggest blessing of my life. Even when she’s aging me prematurely, she fosters such joy in my soul that I can’t imagine a life without her. Ask me again when she’s 16…or 30 and still living at home.
2. My husband. He gets my humor, appreciates my quirks, is really smart (we’re still working on the common sense part though), works long, hard hours to provide for our family, is quite the looker, and he loves my blog. Bonus points for loving the blog even when I’m poking fun at him.
3. The Boston Foundation for Sight, for helping me to see clearly again (literally) and giving me my life back. Plus I look way hotter in contacts (PROSE) than with my Mr. Magoo spectacles.
4. My friends. Better than any therapist (because they’re free), they listen when I bitch, offer sage advice, make me laugh, and get me through the day. They also let me know if I have spinach in my teeth.
5. My mom and dad. It was only after I became a parent that I realized how much they both sacrificed for us kids and how much we, sadly, didn’t appreciate it. Well I get it now, Mom and Papa. I was a feisty, headstrong kid and now karma is biting me in the tush. Thanks.
7. A roof over my head and ample food to eat, as evidenced by my need for Spanx.
8. The fact that there is a Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, and independently owned coffee shop all within 4 minutes of my house, one being within walking distance.
9. My family, who have always loved me, even when I went through that really geeky phase from ages 5-20.
10. My readers. If you’ve read this far, thank you! I know you are all very busy being awesome, taking care of your families and working hard. I’m truly appreciative knowing you take time out of your day to read what I have to share. Thank you!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!