Right now I’m in the middle of my Thanksgiving preparations. I’m having, essentially, the same menu I’ve had for a dozen years. A list of links to the recipes is here. A picture of our Thanksgiving table is here.
Our custom, as had been the custom of my mom and dad, is for each person, beginning with the youngest and ending with the eldest, to say what they’re thankful for before we begin eating. Last year we had a crowd—all of my siblings and most of their children with spouses and significant others. This year it will just be my wife, me, and a dear old friend. Saying what we’re thankful for won’t take nearly as long and we can get to our dinner all the sooner.
I’m sure I won’t be the youngest to see this but I’ll start anyway.
First and foremost as always I am thankful for my dear wife. Her love and support makes every day a joy.
I’m thankful for the continuing good health, prosperity, and happiness of my siblings, their spouses, my nephews and nieces, and their spouses or significant others. We’re all alive, striving, sane, not in jail, not addicted to drugs or alcohol, and paying our bills. That’s a lot to be thankful for.
I’m thankful for all of my dogs but especially for our beloved Tally. At fourteen years and nearly eight months every single day is a gift for which I’m thankful. I can’t even begin to tell you how much she has taught us and enriched our lives.
I’m thankful for my clients. Each and every one of them has less business than they did five years ago, in some cases due to the recession and its aftermath, in others for entirely different reasons. That means that I have less business, too. Honestly, I could use another twenty billable hours a month but others are in so much more serious straits I can only say that I’m grateful for what I have.
Finally and significantly, I’m thankful for my readers. You energize me, challenge me, keep me honest, teach me. You help me to maintain my sanity in a world hurtling towards madness. For that I am sincerely thankful.