During this week of Thanksgiving, I find I’m spending more time than usual thinking about the things for which I give thanks. And for the most part, they’re not things at all.
First and foremost, I’m thankful for all the people who have made me the person I am. This very long list obviously starts with my family. Not just the people who live with me (though my husband and kids obviously top the list)…this list includes my parents, my siblings, my stepparents and their families, all my in-laws on my side and my husband’s side, my grandparents, my great-grandparents, my aunts and uncles (extending as far as the eye can see), cousins, nieces, nephews, people who are living and people who’ve passed away. This list also includes my friends, both present and past. It includes the ones I’ve recently been in touch with again. All these people have made me into the person I am. So to all of you, and you know who you are, thank you.
I’m thankful for all the fantastic instructors and students at CK Pilates. Even (especially??) the ones that make my quads hurt for three days at a time. You know who you are, too. These people are an important part of my routine and my every weekday, and I thank them for their dedication and their ability to motivate and inspire me. Without them I would be a sedentary blob of jelly. Thank you.
I’m thankful for my dog. She is my constant companion, and I appreciate her presence and her unconditional love more than she’ll ever know.
I’m thankful for my to-do list. Today’s list includes, but is not limited to, laundry, cutting out fifty felt Christmas trees, a Pilates class, shopping for an eleven-inch tart pan (mine is only 9 inches), wrapping gifts, taking the kids to the orthodontist and eye doctor, sealing my countertops, cleaning the bathrooms, locating my Christmas cards, and walking the dog. Oh, and did I mention finishing the final manuscript for my first novel, readying this blog, and reading/commenting on all the other blogs written in the past few days by the authors I’ve come to love? My list is as long as my arm, and it serves to remind me that I am busy and that my life is full. It tells me that even though I don’t have as much time as I’d like to sit down and read a book, I am happy to be constantly on-the-go. It also reminds me that my life will not always be this full, and that these are the days that I will someday miss.
I’m thankful for the people who read my blog and visit me online. You are very important to me, so thank you.
There are so many others whom I don’t have time or space to mention, but that doesn’t mean they ‘re any less important to me. And I hope they know who they are, too. So to all of them, thank you.
I hope you have time this week to remember all the people and things for which you are thankful. I wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
Until next week,