Last night my husband and I asked our boys for what they are thankful. Thing 1 thought for a minute and declared his thanks for his little brother.
“I’m thankful for having someone to play with.”
Thing 2 then scrunched up his face and announced “I’m thankful for play!”
Remember when life was that simple? When getting to wear your favorite shirt made your day and a dropped ice cream cone resulted in crushed spirits. Ah, childhood! How I long for thee.
As I drink my morning coffee I find myself thinking about “thankfulness.” We are often thankful for the gifts life brings – healthy family, warm home, plentiful cupboards, and good friends. That’s easy. It’s the being thankful for the not-so-welcome gifts that is hard. Perhaps it isn’t so useful to determine if the developments life brings are gifts. Perhaps we can’t tell which is which until the gifts stop coming.
So on this Thanksgiving day, here’s what I’m thankful for…
:: I’m thankful for a husband who despite unbelievable insanity stands by me with love and humor;
:: I’m thankful for my beautiful children who remind me of tomorrow’s promise;
:: I’m thankful for my friends who keep my feet firmly planted on NYC pavement;
:: I’m thankful for my brothers who make me laugh until I cry;
:: I’m thankful for my sisters-in-law who don’t act like they are in-laws;
:: I’m thankful for my father who kept the same telephone number since 1973 with the hope I’d call;
:: I’m thankful for my mother who generously gave me my sense of humor;
:: I’m thankful for learning my medical history which lead me to the BRCA test;
:: I’m thankful for the parents who somehow raised me sane enough to handle all of this; and
:: Lastly, I am thankful for whatever life has in store for me tomorrow.
Here’s to a thankful Thanksgiving and may we all have many more!