Wednesday, November 21, 2012


As usual, I am late to the party. Everyone has been posting on Facebook the things they are thankful for, one thing a day, leading up to Thanksgiving. Procrastinator that I am, I am condensing my list of (21) things into a blog post. Don't judge.

In no particular order:

1. I'm thankful for technology. I may not be the biggest techno-geek, and I may not have all the latest-and-greatest gadgets that exist, but I appreciate direction technology has taken us. We used to dream of inventions and years later they would come to be; in today's world if some genius conceptualizes it, it is likely to exist within a matter of weeks. I am now living in a world where nearly everything that existed on the "Jetson's" cartoon has come to fruition. (Except for those damn flying cars!!!!)

2. I am thankful to be home. And, by "home," I mean I am thankful to be living once again in Dedham, the town I grew up in. Everything is familiar, but different. There is new and old here, and I am constantly discovering both. It is a wonderful community that I feel grateful and proud to be a part of. Not to mention, I love that my daughter will grow up here and is now calling Dedham HER home, too.

3. I am thankful for our health. I am healthy, my daughter is healthy, and so are my parents and my sisters and their families. Is there room for improvement? ALWAYS! But, I am blessed with a health and happy family.

4. I am thankful for Robery Downey Jr. Always have been, always will be.

5. I am thankful that I was finally able to run the Boston Marathon this year, a dream I've had for as long as I can remember. And, I'm even MORE thankful that, now that I've done it, I DON'T EVER HAVE TO DO IT AGAIN!!!!!!

6. I am thankful for Facebook, because of the connections I have made. I have reconnected with many old friends, made many new friends, and in some cases I have formed some deeply solid bonds that would never have happened without this site. Some of the most important friendships I currently have in my life came to be strictly because of Facebook. Silly or not, it is worth acknowledging.

7. I am thankful that I have a roof over my head, a car to get me around, and a job to pay for those things!

8. I am thankful that my entire apartment smells like warm cherry pie right now!

9. I am thankful that Thanksgiving is so early this year, giving us an extra week to prepare for Christmas!

10. I am thankful for the awesome family trip we took to Disney World this past summer. The week flew by, but the memories of that vacation will last a lifetime.

11. I am thankful for my family. I mentioned the other day that I overheard someone on the street complaining that they were going to be spending Thanksgiving with their family. I am particularly thankful that this is a sentiment I don't understand. I look forward to seeing my family over the holidays and spending time with them. They make me smile and laugh and the visit with them always seems too short. I'm a lucky woman surrounded by a wonderful family.

12. I am thankful for my mom. Not only is she the smartest, most creative person I know, but she is funny and silly and beautiful and everything I hope to be. She is my best friend, and I can only hope that the relationship I have with my own child will develop into the relationship I have with my mom. Is it possible that I could be blessed twice?

13. I am thankful for my Purple Womb Chair. Super stylish AND comfortable.

14. I am thankful for Starbucks. And for that little app on my iPhone that earns me free drinks. Sometimes, it is just the little things.

15. I am thankful for the man I am dating. I can't look ahead and know what the future might hold for he and I, if anything, but what I do know is that TODAY he makes me happy. Being out in the dating world after my fourteen-year relationship crumbled suddenly seems not quite so scary or lonely, and I have this wonderful man to thank for that.

16. I am thankful for Sunset Lake, the little corner of the world we have spent our summers and where my parents will soon call home. For them, it has always been home, but soon it will be official.

17. I am thankful for my sisters. They are always there for me, often before I even realize that I need them. They are two of the best friends a girl could ask for and two of the most fun people I know.

18. I am thankful for my dad. When he married my mom, he inherited an "instant family" and got a three-year-old daughter along with a wife. He raised me right, and has always cared for me and loved me as if I were 'his own.' I am once again reminded how fortunate I am to have such wonderful parents, through biology and otherwise.

19. I am thankful for my friends. I have friends that I can count on - truly count on - in the best and the worst of times. I have friends I would trust with life. Some people measure wealth in terms of money and success. I measure it in terms of my personal relationships, and by that count I am wealthier than almost anyone I know.

20. I am thankful that I can write. I might not write well; I might not use proper grammar or syntax, but I am so grateful that I can transfer my thoughts into written words, sort them out, try to make sense of them, and share them. It is cathartic and therapeutic, and something I should make more of an effort to do.

21. I am thankful for my gorgeous daughter. Cute as a button, wise beyond her years, with the winningest personality I've ever seen. She has been a gift in my life for nearly seven years, and yet it is almost impossible for me to remember a time that she WASN'T in my life. To say 'she completes me' doesn't even BEGIN to cover it. The girl is my entire world, and I tell her every day that I am the luckiest mom in the world to have been blessed with such a wonderful daughter.

As a wise friend of mine stated earlier today, we shouldn't wait until one day a year to count our blessings and tell the people in our lives that we are thankful for them. That being said, I am grateful for this holiday to kick me in the butt and remind me of all the gifts I am surrounded by. Days can blend from one to the next and challenges are thrown at us from every angle. But we are surrounded by blessings every day, everywhere. I am thankful for mine, completely.

Happy Thanksgiving.