Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year. Why? Well certainly pie has a lot to do with it but beyond the food, it’s a day where I’m surrounded by the people I love most in the world and I get to take care of them and have them take care of me. I think being thankful is something one should do more than once a year and gratitude and graciousness are two very important qualities to a good life.
So here goes in no particular order:
My husband. Truly, no one ever in my life has been so good to me. I’m blessed, even when he’s stressed at work and might be grumpy, he’s still better than cherry pie with ice cream on top.
My kids. So I’ve tried to put into words what it is to me to be someone’s mom but I fail because it’s not something words do justice to. Suffice it to say, I’ve got these three people who occupied my body for nine months and my heart and soul forever, who make me crazy, who make me laugh and cry, who never, ever cease to amaze me. Nothing compares to hearing “momma!” and having a pair of arms thrown around me at the end of a school day when I pick them up.
My parents. I was raised by people who taught me the meaning of family. Of love and compassion, of kindess and strength. My mom doesn’t take any guff but she constantly does things for people. My dad taught me what it means to be a parent and a good husband and I’m crazy blessed to have a husband like him.
My friends. Ah so lucky! I have such wonderful friends and even the loss of some people I’d consdered to be my sisters across the miles hasn’t dissuaded me of the power of friendship and love. To those people who make me laugh, who celebrate my successes and mourn my losses, who make my day with their presence – thank you.
My career. Ten years ago I was finishing up law school and I had a newborn. I had a plan and goals and then well, things veered into a whole other place and I started writing. I’ve been so lucky in this writing gig. I’ve been gifted with some really wonderful editors who’ve taught me a whole lot about writing and one who taught me a whole lot about believing in myself and listening and standing up for what I knew was right. And here I am, three years after the first book sale and I’ve achieved so much I never even imagined. I’ve got so much ahead of me and it’s wonderful and terrifying all at once so it’s a good thing I’ve got all the above to get me through.
Thank you to all the readers who’ve stuck with me from day one, to those who’ve found me along the way, to everyone who’s reviewed me (good and bad) – to bloggers who pimp my books and say lovely things about me and even to those who bring me up for no real reason except to be negative – thank you.
Have a lovely Thanksgiving. May you have lots of lovely food, family and friends. And ice cream on your pie. And for those who live outside the US – I still wish you ice cream on your pie.