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Giving Thanks

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It’s been a hard year, but I’m thankful for:

  • My husband. Derek has been my rock through this year’s tumult and I love him more and more every day.
  • My family; immediate, extended and in-law. The hole in my life where my dad is missing is painful and hard, but the rest of my family is amazing and I love them fiercely and deeply.
  • My friends. We’ve welcomed a large number of tiny folk in my circle this year, and I’m thankful for all those new little ones as well. Especial thanks to those of my friends near and far who have rallied their support around me and stuck with me on days when my grief overwhelmed me.
  • My warm home where there is plenty of food, two sometimes surly and always spoiled kitties, and a fair amount of yarn and other comfortable items.
  • There’s a million more things to be thankful for, and I assure you that I’m likely thankful for them all. Even with the sorrow, it’s a good life that I have.

    And now a little Thanksgiving story. The last time my immediate family was all together on Thanksgiving was in 1998, when my sisters and I were 15, 17 and 19 (before I went to college too far away to come home for a long weekend). After my parents divorced, we would have an early dinner with my mom, drive over to my dad’s house and have a second full dinner around 6 or 7. This Thanksgiving, we were all sitting around the table and out of nowhere, my younger sister bursts out with “And that’s why I wear sweatpants!!” Or at least that’s what the rest of us heard. To this day, she swears that what she really said was “Guess why I wear sweatpants?” The four of us ended up laughing until our bellies hurt.

    I hope everyone who reads this has a fabulous Thanksgiving, if you celebrate, and a wonderful Thursday if you don’t!

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