Here in the United States, we find ourselves celebrating Thanksgiving. It’s a holiday that I always enjoy, mainly because its focus is still on being together with those you love and focusing on what we have, versus all the things society tells us that we don’t have. There’s little commercialization to it and it’s a time for people to come together with friends and family. The outside world doesn’t matter on this holiday.
For me personally, it’s an opportunity to be extremely thankful for what I have. A year ago on Thanksgiving, my dad almost died several times after complications from a bowel obstruction surgery. There are a lot of details I could share, but they aren’t important. What is important is that this year I’ll be celebrating the holiday with my family and he will be there with us. It’s been a year of change as he’s adapted to changes in his health and his body and for us, too.
On a grander scale, our country is recovering from a difficult year, as well. We’ve had a very divisive election, but more than that, other current events have made us all look at each other and ourselves differently. I hope that we can all learn to look past the differences on the outside and the inside to appreciate the ways that we’re all alike. It’s easier said than done, but we can all only start with ourselves.
Today, I find myself thankful for more things that I can possibly name. I’m thankful for Mr. Taleteller, who always supports me in my ventures, whether it’s writing, photography or some other crazy notion. I’m thankful for my sister who has shared more crazy adventures with me than I can name and who is the only other survivor of our unique and colorful childhood. I’m thankful that I still have both of my parents and some pretty awesome step parents who compliment both of them perfectly. I’m thankful to be gainfully employed, have our little house and the ability to pursue some of my favorite creative endeavors, as well as to have good health. I’m also very blessed to have all four of the dogs who inspire me to share things with all of you. And finally, I’m thankful to everyone who continues to enjoy our tales and encourages us along the way. I hope that all of you can see the blessings in your lives today, whether you celebrate Thanksgiving today or not, because it will make you feel richer than Midas. Please know that today and every day, we are thankful for each of you out there reading these words.