Thank you.

Last weekend, my husband and I celebrated Thanksgiving with my extended family on my Mom’s side. Today I am celebrating Thanksgiving with my in-laws.

Each year on Thanksgiving, in addition to thanking the pilgrims for my four day weekend every November, I also stop to reflect on the things in my life that I am thankful for.

This year after Papa said grace at our family dinner on Sunday, instead of fulfilling our family tradition of having each person name one thing they are thankful for we settled at saying that we were thankful for having everyone together. No one wanted to wait for all 24 people to pick something to be thankful for. The turkey was waiting!

I had reflected all day on what I am thankful for so that I could have something profound to say to impress my nieces when it became my turn. I was sitting to Papa’s right, so I would be last.

I’m unfulfilled.

So today, I will give thanks here.

I’m thankful for a job that I really love, a job that allows me to grow and explore my professional skills, and a great boss and co-workers that make the workplace always interesting.

I’m thankful for my incredible husband. He makes me laugh and sees me for who I really am. He helps me be the best “me” I can be, and both tolerates and understands when I am having a bad day.

I am thankful for my great family. We have our rough times and our drama, but what fun is life if everything is simple? I am thankful that I am able to count much of my family among my close friends.

I am thankful for a great group of friends. Especially Literachick who always makes me laugh and helps me see my feminine beauty, Grumpyfool who is truly a big teadybear in a grumpy-oldish-man exterior, Amanda#2 who I’ve known for more than half my life (YIKES) and is always there when I need her most, Umachan who is the best valentine’s date I’ve had, and my baby bro AlphaWolf who is more like me than is natural.

I am thankful for Turbine, because without  Asheron’s Call I would never have met one of my best friends.

I’m thankful that my friends, family, and co-workers are all supportive while I work to finish my bachelor’s degree.

I am thankful for so much more than this, but much that I am thankful for cannot be shared without additional background, and I am weary from lack of sleep and my Thanksgiving feast.

I’ll leave you with this thought for today: What in your life has gotten you down recently? What have you learned from the experience? Perhaps that growth is something to add  to your personal list of things to be thankful for.

~ Amanda

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