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"What I'm Grateful For" 


Date Range: 08/01/2008 To 08/01/2008   Comments: 8   Views: 18,330
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What I’m thankful for

Usually I host Thanksgiving dinner, mainly because my family is a bunch of horrible cooks (I’m not the best, but at least I follow the instructions and don’t just make up stuff like substituting flour for sugar sort of thing) and my husband’s family is too far away. Each year I try to get my family to open up with what they’re grateful for, but I think I’ve finally figured out my mistake. I always ask them BEFORE the meal, before passing the yams and beans and carving up the poor old bird. Their mouths are watering, they’ve tickled their taste buds with dip, strained conversation and some TV football. Now the are HONGRAY and just want to EAT! They don’t want to hear sister/aunt/daughter/friend Adara keeping them from their tummies by asking questions. Getting answers like “my health” “Tivo” “Kara’s A in geometry” “my car” and other inane things made me realize I was trying to force a tradition. Don’t get between the Bernstein/Klein’s and their food!!!

This year, here is what I’m truly grateful for.

·         Health care reform - politics aside, I know that even with health insurance, with all the denied coverage and so on, many, many people are one illness away from bankruptcy. Something like 40+% of all bankruptcies are from medical bills. And 47M people without insurance is inexcusable and hits your pocketbook as well as mine.

·         My “enemies.” You know the ones. The mommy-gang-rivalry. The jealous wife. The ex’s. The ones who spend their lives worried about what other people think and trying to manipulate people to agree with them. This means that I have a good life that other people are envious of.

·         The troops fighting overseas. A friend has a nephew in the Army who is deployed in Afghanistan. Based on what I know of how that country was “before” and “after” these wars and how long the geo-politics has been struggling over this country, I am grateful there are men and women willing to put their lives in a commander in chief and cause they believe in.

·         My job - writing allows me to explore avenues of myself and others that I would never otherwise get to do. Interviewing people for various stories and articles is a joy. They give me a glimpse of the inner workings and thoughts of their lives, and in return I give them a pale-in-comparison interpretation of that gift wrapped in a bow of proverbial verbiage.

·         That my daughter is not dating a Vampire (This was stolen from Ken Levine and too hilarious to pass up!!)

·         Boing Boing - this irreverent site makes me think and laugh, usually in the same breath

·         Seasons - there I nothing more noticeable than our march towards the mortality we all face, but isn’t it a comfort and a joy to see the seasons change before our eyes? It provides a continuity that time will go on and that we are just a piece of the puzzle and Mother Nature throws us amazing things to witness along our journey.

·         My snuggie. Just kidding. Just wanted to see if you were paying attention (now I’ll probably get 5 for Hanukkah).

·         Invitations - for it means we have friends who care enough about us to want to include us in something.

·         Terrific writing - you writers know who you are. Many of you are on here, spilling your guts and sharing your dreams, and for that I am grateful that you allow us this glimpse of your lives.

·         Memories . I often wish I had a better memory so I could store them and “play” them in my mind whenever I want. I’ll have to stick with my storytelling for now and to pass them onto my children.

·         That caterpillars turn into butterflies. This means there is hope for us all.

Your turn. What are you grateful for this year?

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Jul 2008
Coco Handschnell said:
posted on Nov 23, 2009
That my daughter is not dating a vampire

Now that made me literally LOL & then some! Me too! This mania is best left to the good books (and slightly worse for the wear Twilight movies).

I'm most grateful for my husband. That man can cook!!!

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Aug 2007
Gina Pertonelli said:
posted on Nov 23, 2009

A LOT of things but for now my bf Tomas and my EARS for an ability to hear what people are saying to me - both physically and underlying. I am truly thankful.

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Aug 2007
Archibald Sharron said:
posted on Nov 23, 2009
memories - is a good one

I'm truly thankful for having lived this long, even if it meant outliving my wife and most of my friends. Gives me more time to mull over the great memories. And to gossip about them of course.

With regards,
Archibald Sharron

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Aug 2007
Bellam Dalton said:
posted on Nov 23, 2009
My son

That he is not dating a werewolf. Just kidding. That he is a happy little guy. I hope he always remains filled with "wonder" at the world and never loses that.

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Sep 2007
Kristina McIntosh said:
posted on Nov 23, 2009
Thanksgiving thanks

I'm thankful for another year gone by without major catastrophes. I know every year won't be able to say that, so I'm grateful for the ones which are seemingly "normal" for it means nothing great of tragegy befell any of us.

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Aug 2007
Agnes Williams said:
posted on Nov 24, 2009
Warm things

As I get older, seems I can never really get warm. So a warm bed, candles, a fireplace, the bath, the whirlpool (do you still call them that?) and anything else that makes me feel warm I am eternally grateful for.

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May 2009
Klarity Belle said:
posted on Nov 27, 2009
Gratitude for...

my beautiful children,
living on a safe and beautiful island (even when it's cold)
nature in all it's forms,
my growing self-belief,
thoughts, words and the ability to use them,
my dreams & what they teach me in my waking life.

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Aug 2008
Myka Piereonini said:
posted on Nov 27, 2009

For a warm bed and the sounds of my child's happy laughter.