It’s Thanksgiving, and even if we look past the hype and giant Santas carrying cardboard turkeys, it does a body good to take a few moments every once in a while to reflect on the good things in life.

I’m so thankful that my son is healthy (in a general concept…cold aside), bright, active and funny. I’m grateful that when I counted all his toes and fingers, it came out to a nice round number. I’m grateful for his smiles and his hugs and even his temper tantrums.

I’m grateful that I have the healthiest relationship of my life…every day I rediscover how much I love my husband…and every day, he shows me how much he loves me. I don’t know which direction my life would have gone had I not met Tom, but no matter where it went, I couldn’t have been any happier than I am right now, sitting in fuzzy slippers, with the leisure of being able to type warm and fuzzy thoughts out on my keyboard.

I’m grateful for family. My mom, god love her, is a crazy person…but she’s a good Southern kind of crazy…and as long as you don’t go shopping with her…it’s all good. My stepfather, who is the only father I’ve really ever known, is the epitome of kindness and common sense…and possibly the only person that could have kept my mother in line for the last 30 years. Tom’s Dad and Stepmother have become a big part of our lives since the birth of the boy, and I couldn’t be happier about it. The boy loves, loves, loves his grandfather, and I’m thankful that he has a chance to get to know the grandparents on that side of the family. I wish Tom’s mom would get over whatever her snit is so that Tommy could meet that side of the family as well…but I’m old enough to know better than to mess with other people’s family issues.

I’m eternally thankful for my friends. From people like who have seen me through all the strange phases I could throw at her in 20 years, to my newest online friends whose opinions I so look forward to reading…I’ve always been blessed by being surrounded by brilliant people who all have something interesting to share. Thank all of you for letting me into your world and for wandering into mine.

I’m thankful that I live in that 1% of the world’s population that have food and shelter and the luxuries that we so often take for granted. My life has been a constant surprise, and even the really bad stuff has led to really great results. I’m thankful that while I’ve never been sure I deserve it, I’ve usually come out ahead of the game.

I’m thankful that the gods don’t smite me on a regular basis…for I’m sure I probably deserve it…

I’m really thankful that my Turkey day celebration is tomorrow, because it means I still have one more day to get stuff done…so I’m off to do prep and make desserts. Happy Thanksgiving everyone…and thanks for being a part of my reality. :)

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