Friday, November 19, 2010

November 19 - a Give Thanks virtual party

 I'm virtually attending a virtual party today, organized by The Vintage Nest, and my mission is to give thanks by telling something I'm grateful for.

I am so fortunate in so very many ways, this would be a very long entry if I listed even a fraction of my blessings.      I am grateful to have lost my job last year.  My workplace was a sort of black hole for human contact, and I could go days, even weeks, without seeing another living soul, because each of us worked in a private office with a closed door.   Chatting with coworkers was expressly disapproved. There were a couple of women who had been there for years, whom I had known since they arrived, and we had to sneak around like kindergarteners to occasionally talk in whispers.   I am sorry that none of us were able to get to know each other well enough -- in 22 years -- to be outside-of-work friends, but I am glad, glad, glad to be out of that toxic place.

 I am grateful for my family, from siblings to children to adorable grandchildren and great nieces, grateful beyond my ability to tell.   I am grateful for coffee in the morning and for wine on the occasional night.   I am grateful for the messes that remind me that the kids were here.

I am grateful for the crisp fall days, the crunch of dry leaves, my pantry full of food, my warm house, clean clothing, and my own cooking.  I am very grateful for warm fuzzy socks when the floor is cold and for bare feet with polished toes when it is not.   I am grateful for my pretty neighborhood and nice neighbors,  and for a garage in the winter.    And by golly, right now I am grateful for the heated seats and hands-free phone in my new car.

 I am grateful for the places I've been and - knock wood - the places I have yet to go.   I am grateful for the seashells in every room that remind me of countless visits to Sanibel Island, and for the mementos from trips to Alaska and Rome.

I know I should be grateful for every minute but I admit, sometimes I forget.    Even if individual moments sometimes fray me, though,  I am grateful for every day, grateful to know my own strength, grateful for the workings of my brain that always tends toward a twisted kind of optimism.   I am grateful for the troubles I have risen above, and for the belief that I will ride things through when hard times come again.    I will try, if the time comes, to be grateful for the pain that is necessarily linked to having loved.  I am grateful for the sights, sounds, smells and memories of my life.   And I am grateful in advance for every bit of future I have left.

 I am also grateful for my readers!  Don't forget, my November giveaway winner will be drawn on November 30.  The prize includes a sparkly bath gel and other goodies!   The box is packed and ready to go, as soon as YOU are the randomly chosen winner!


Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...
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Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Beautiful sentiments, artfully written. I admire writers, I have a cousin who is a professional writer/author. I didn't get that gene :)) Thanks for sharing, and I looove your "bucket list".

Slice of Pie said...

Thanks for sharing such a beautiful post. Sometimes the simple things in life are the best for making memories. You've captured that in your words. Happy Thanksgiving@

Char said...

You have so much to be grateful and I enjoyed reading it. So touching and full of warmth. I am happy to have met you in this piece of blogland. I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving, Char

Barb said...

WoW! You have the right attitude and so much to be thankful for.
I am so glad I found your blog through The Vintage nest.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


Little Black Scrap Cat said...

Very well said.

Anonymous said...

well....i'd say anyone who can write as beautifully and thoughfully as you has a calling as a writer and maybe your job loss was a blessing in digsuise. I had to laugh at your mention of painted toes. It's a blessing that I can bend down to still paint mine and not mess this up before they dry especially when you use red polish...LOL.. Happy happy Thanksgiving and thank you for joining the party. xo Lynn

Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

Loving Your Post ~ I sat for awhile & read Many.... What a Fun Style & the Listof 61 Things to do before Your 62~ Priceless!
Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving....

Anonymous said...

Hey - Thanks for the tip about the two-for-one at Starbucks this weekend. I looked it up online and now I'll make sure we show up there tomorrow between 2-5 pm. :)