Here in the United States, it’s Thanksgiving, a day of giving thanks for everything we have and all of our many blessings. (Followed tomorrow by a bloodthirsty dash to get more! But that’s not the point.)
I can only imagine what some of the pilgrim men and women gave thanks for:
- Drinkable water
- That they were still alive despite the harsh conditions
- The help of the Indians
- Freedom from whatever it was that may have made them take a chance in a new land (including powdered wigs)
The children I imagine were thankful for the same ( even sometime silly) things a lot of our kids are thankful for:
- Parents who were still alive
- They’d survived the boat ride over without being knocked into the ocean
- Marbles, tin soldiers, a doll, or whatever the might have to play with when not helping their parents
- No longer having to stop to have tea every afternoon at 3 O’clock or wear frippery
It’s strange to think the things so many of us take for granted were the very things they were most thankful for when this tradition began.
Today, as I wait patiently to start making my own turkey (pictures to follow in another post), I decided to make a list of all the things I’m thankful for and decided to stop at 10 so I wouldn’t bore you all–and yes, like the pilgrim’s lists, mine gets a little more silly the further down you go, but they’re all things I’m thankful for. So, in no particular order, here I go:
- My husband who understands that while I physically live in this world as his wife, I do spend the majority of my day in a different world…imagining myself married to a fictional character…
- My kids who make me laugh ever single day! (Sometimes without meaning to!)
- My extended family consisting of my parents and siblings who understand my weirdness, and have come to accept–and dare I hope embrace–it.
- A warm house
- A car that runs (as an added bonus, it has Tush Toasters)
- A job I LOVE
- An amazing editing staff full of Betas, Critters, Cover Ladies, Editors, Proofreaders and a few poor, unsuspecting souls I email from time to time to bounce ideas off of! This also extends to my Scandalous Sisters!
- A pantry full of food, even if there is no sugar, salt or anything else considered “unhealthy”
- That a Sir Prickles (my Mother’s Day cactus) is on the mend following his extensive (and rather invasive, I must say) surgery earlier this week.
Hmmm, I need a 10th… Oh, I know! My totally AWESOME readers! When I posted my first book on Kindle and Nook almost three years ago, I didn’t know a single person (other than my husband) who knew that I’d written it. I had no readers. I could only dream that one day they’d find me and pray they’d like what they read. I was not expecting for such awesome people to find me! Yes, I write the stories, and yes, I have an amazing staff to work with to help me get them ready for production, but the truth is, there wouldn’t be any reason whatsoever to write those stories if not for those who read them.
Thank you all so very much for your support of my career, it is all very much appreciated!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and if you’re not in the United States, enjoy the upcoming set of holidays and all you have to be thankful for, too!