I’ve Got Plenty To Be Thankful For

by Dave Schuler on November 22, 2012

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.

{ 67 comments… read them below or add one }

Janis Gore November 24, 2012 at 11:43 am

I was staggered, and fought to the best of my might, but it’s true. I’m carrying your Christ.

Janis Gore November 24, 2012 at 11:46 am

Your faith is justified. We like justice in this house.

Janis Gore November 24, 2012 at 11:52 am

He’s had a name for a while. It’s Stafford Cambion Gore. Stafford was Lyman’s mother’s maiden surname.

Cambion is the offspring of an incubus.

Janis Gore November 24, 2012 at 11:53 am

I think I’ll call him “Cam”, unless I’m upset.

Janis Gore November 24, 2012 at 11:57 am

So there. It’s out. Properly weird annunciation, isn’t it?

Janis Gore November 24, 2012 at 12:06 pm

No, it’s not science fiction.

After I speak to Dr. Webber, I’ll be happy to give you all my notes.

Janis Gore November 24, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Please be my business manager.

Janis Gore November 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Have you any experience with astral planes?

Janis Gore November 24, 2012 at 12:23 pm

I’ve been through about four. It’s ungodly. It’s scientific.

Janis Gore November 24, 2012 at 12:28 pm

M’boy says I’ve been through 8 planes.

Janis Gore November 24, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Thing fall into place, don’t they?

Janis Gore November 24, 2012 at 12:39 pm

I need you and your wife, truly. THE DOGS ARE JUST A PLUS.

Janis Gore November 24, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Beautiful, well-kept, winsome Rottweiler-Dane I met yesterday. He was Marsha’s son’s dog. What a family.

Janis Gore November 24, 2012 at 12:48 pm

He weighs more than I do. And eats more.

TastyBits November 28, 2012 at 9:43 am

@Dave Schuler

I ran across something that may interest you. It looks interesting, but I do not have time to get up to speed on linguistics. I am posting it here because it is OT.

English is a Scandinavian language?

Dave Schuler November 28, 2012 at 10:13 am

Yes, that’s interesting. I wonder how you’d disaggregate the role of North Scandinavian languages on English via Anglo-Danish from the Norse influences on Norman? I think it all supports my view that the old tree metaphor for language development is inadequate and a more complex network model should be adopted.

TastyBits November 28, 2012 at 11:37 am

I thought you would understand it, but this is far beyond me. My knowledge is probably out-of-date, and it may never have been correct. There is a link between the Germanic or Frankish or one of the Goths and India. Language was evidence of the link. I recall Indus and Aryan were somehow involved.

My first thought was about dinosaur displays being wrong. The shoulder bone is actually the hip bone.

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