I’ve been wondering whether I should do a Thanksgiving post. Everyone else is probably doing one. But, if everyone else was jumping off a cliff, would I? Obviously yes.
Firstly, I’ll state the obvious: I’m thankful for my family and friends, even though they drive me a little nuts sometimes. Does the second part of that sentence cancel out the first part? Maybe I should say I’m thankful for my family and friends, period. Nah, that doesn’t sound right. I AM thankful for them even though they drive me a little nuts sometimes. They wouldn’t be my family and friends if they didn’t. You know who you are, stop trying to hide behind the people that don’t drive me nuts! They’re not nearly as important to me.
It’s been a pretty rough year, but there are some things I’m thankful for:
- Hard decisions made and out of the way. Now I can get past it.
- Funny things my nieces say. They can cheer me up like no other people. For examples, use that little search tool at the top of the page to search for nervous, Toys R Us, Christopher Columbus, and dammit.
- Laughing until my cheeks hurt: thirty minutes into watching Lifehouse on Soundstage, Diane says, “He sounds like somebody.” The chorus of the song starts, she nods sagely, “Oh, he sounds like himself.” And, I'm the dork?
- Walking into my bedroom and seeing my goddaughter’s American Girl doll Josephina’s clothes for the day laid out on the end of my bed. And her food, made from cut out pieces of paper, on my dresser. She’s growing up, but she’s still a little girl too.
- July 4th weekend at Virginia Beach with the family for Craig’s wedding. The fantastic pool. Anne’s, Cori’s and my synchronized drowning, uh, I mean swimming. Aunt Sue flying out of the water slide at the hotel, the look on her face and her sunglasses flying off. Floam all over the place. The freakin’ keys to the hotel room. Fireworks at Mt. Trashmore. Craigie and Jessica being so happy!
- My 9 year-old nephew still being enough of a little boy to choose to sit so close to me on the sofa that you couldn’t even fit a playing card between us, my 5 year-old nephew being so jealous of it that he had to sit on my lap to be even closer, and the game of who has the stinkiest feet that followed.
- Being forgiven for a 20 year old hurt.
- My MP3 player. All those songs in the size of a gum pack - one of the best inventions ever.
- US Men’s Olympic Swim Team. Um, yeah. ‘Nuf said.
- Ricky Gervais and Steve Correll at the Emmys. The one funny part.
- Dr. Pepper. Always thankful for Dr. Pepper.