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?