Today is Thanksgiving.
Usually, that means we gather with family to celebrate life and those most important to us.
Today, that is not the case.
My wife and daughter have been sick the last few days, and are far from 100%. Instead of visiting with our family as generally prescribed, we thought it prudent to stay home and wallow in our puke-pails.
Today, we find what thanks is all about.
We may not be with our family, but it is when we realize that we are without, that we are more thankful for what we have. Both my wife’s and my parents are still actively involved in our lives. We’ve been given the gift of a daughter, and another child on the way. We have a cat whom I hate, but sometimes love. We have a house, employment that is enjoyable, friends that are indispensable, and the internet. For these things we realize today that each are more important than we think.
Being without family today is hard, but realizing that we are never without family makes it worth it.
I am thankful today (and every day) for:
A wife who puts up with me, feeds me, listens to me, loves me, and helps to inspire my creativity (whatever that reveals itself as). She puts up with my sarcasm, and provides me with enough great stories for a book (….hint). Without her, I have no idea what I would do.
The opportunity to be a jungle gym for our daughter. She surprises me every day. She is now two and I have no idea how that happened. She talks (yells), laughs, gives kisses, and throws the best temper tantrums. She could be the worst child and it wouldn’t matter. Luckily for us, she is the best child.
Family who constantly support us. They’ve always been available, loving and willing to bend the world for us. What is amazing is their ability to actually do so. Repeatedly.
Friends. You make me laugh. You make me laugh at myself. No matter how long it has been between get-togethers, it always seems like yesterday.
Pixar movies. Without you, I would not stay sane. (Except Cars 2. I’m not sure about that one yet.)
Squirt bottles. Without you, I think the cat may have had a trip to “the farm”.
And of course, the Internet. Because, honestly, who doesn’t love it?
Thus far, our day has entailed half of a bag of goldfish crackers poured onto the carpet, a bobby-pin that “might” have been swallowed, the first attempt at a home cooked turkey, Cars 2, and Lucy helping the cat escape through the window (yes, the window).
I wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. May you be healthy, happy and hopeful that your team wins.