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Thankful | Manolo for the Big Girl

Thankful

One of my favorite things about November is Thanksgiving. The food, the family, and the reminder to take time out to count blessings all combine to make the holiday important to me.

And so I’d like to share a few of the things I’m thankful for at present and encourage others to step up and say what makes them happy.

I’m thankful for the chorus I joined just recently. There aren’t a lot of us, but we sound freaking amazing! With this little group, I’m growing in confidence and joy at singing.

I’m thankful for the brilliant sight and sound I was treated to yesterday at the local mall parking lot. A lovely lady of majestic proportions had her radio or CD player going in her car and was singing along with the recording at fortissimo level. She looked so happy and sounded so good that I smiled the rest of the day. This time next year, I want to be just like her, unafraid to lift my voice in public.

I’m thankful, as always, for Mr. Twistie. No matter what bizarre turn my brain takes next, he supports me in my efforts and seems to take delight in the ride. I am blessed in having found the true partner of my heart.

<>I’m thankful for my cat, Jake, who is terrified of the entire world…except for me, Mr. Twistie and one or two carefully chosen friends. He picked me out of everyone who came looking for a cat to adopt, and I am ever grateful that he did. Jake doesn’t give his heart or his trust easily, but he gives it fully. But if he ever develops opposable thumbs, I know just how screwed I would be, so I’m thankful for vestigal kitty thumbs that develop no further, as well.

I’m thankful that while money is often tight at Casa Twistie, we always seem to have enough to at least squeak by. There’s a roof over our heads, food in our larder, and a good internet connection. That’s enough, and there’s usually a little more than that.

I’m thankful that The Manolo continues to allow me to write for him. Truly, I am surrounded by some of the wittiest and most enjoyable bloggers on the net. I feel deeply priveleged to write alongside the likes of Plumcake, Francesca, Never teh Bride, and all the other fine Manolosphere bloggers.

I’m thankful to all you wonderful readers out there whose comments, quibbles, corrections, and general superfantasticness are a big part of what makes this job so fun to have. You are truly engaged in the conversation, and that makes it far more rewarding to continue.
I’m thankful that I have good friends and neighbors who appreciate my finer qualities and put up with my less than fine ones.

I’m thankful that the universe is filled with just the sort of absurdity that makes me laugh. Laughter should never be taken for granted.

I’m thankful for good coffee, fine cheeses, fresh fruit, dark chocolate, and baked goods just out of the oven. They feed my body and warm my soul.

So what about you? What’s making you smile and be glad to be alive?

5 Responses to “Thankful”

  1. kristin November 8, 2008 at 5:25 pm #

    Twistie, what a lovely post.

    I am thankful for a year full of blessings…marriage, a new job, buying a house, moving to Wisconsin. I am thankful for my wonderful family and friends, who have been so supportive through all of these changes.

    I am also thankful for the bloggers who continue to help me on my self-acceptance journey, whether by pointing out great fashion (oh, eshakti, when will you arrive?) or ridiculous, “scienterrific” studies on teh fat.

  2. rosarita November 8, 2008 at 8:02 pm #

    I’m so glad for this uplifting post, and that you shared your gratitude for Jake. My husband and I adopted a cat just last week, and he makes the perfect addition to our now empty nest. I’m very grateful for him, and for said nest and husband. Since the area I live in has the highest unemployment rate in the country, I’m extremely grateful that we both have jobs. Both my elderly parents are alive, able to live in their own home and in relatively great health, and I am thankful for them every day; also that I live near enough to them to visit them often and offer some solid practical help. And yep, I’m grateful for the Internet, too. Reading terrific blogs like this one are my favorite wind-down activity.

  3. bookgirl November 9, 2008 at 2:41 pm #

    This post makes me happy, and I share so many of your things to be happy about. Mostly right at this minute, I am grateful that my three sons have two loving, happy, healthy, involved and devoted (albeit divorced parents) to guide them on their journey to adulthood- one of their dear friends lunexpectedly and suddenly lost her healthy 50 yr old mother this week to complications from a minor preventative procedure (colonoscopy). Yet another reminder to live one’s daily life with joy and passion since it’s all we have….

  4. Fenny November 9, 2008 at 7:38 pm #

    Me, I’m thankful for my family, my friends and a credit card that means I’ve just booked a ticket to Leftpondia in January to see history in action. All I need now is a boss who will approve my request for leave.

  5. Anonymous November 22, 2008 at 12:30 am #

    thank you for the positivity, I have been feeling overly pescimistic lately and really needed the boost, I am thankful for your good spirit an words like superfantasticness.