Thanks-giving

Thanksgiving is coming.  I would, of course, rather be posting this on actual Thanksgiving, but Thursday is reserved for NaNo updates, and this week is important.  So, I will write about the holiday today. 

I don’t like Thanksgiving on principle, as it is a time where we “celebrate” a pretty little story that ultimately ends in genocide.  It’s a little messed up, when you think about it.  Now, most people ignore this gross little fact and focus on the turkey-eating and thankfulness bits, so I will as well.

What am I thankful this year?  Of course, my family-Hubs and the kiddos, my parent’s good health, a sister who amazes me every day.  I am thankful for the roof over my head and the clothes on my back and the food in my belly.

I am thankful also for my recent health which (knock on wood) has been good.  It has allowed me to pursue something that I have put off for a long time, and that is writing my book.

About a year and half ago, I started sending out pieces for publication.  I got a few nibbles.  Then I decided it was time for my larger work, so I assembled a chapbook.  But that wasn’t big enough.  So, I started writing a novel.  I am so thankful that everyday since Nov 1st I have gotten up and worked on that novel, and now I have a nearly complete book that I didn’t have on Halloween.  I am grateful that I have been able to push myself to achieve what I once thought impossible, and am ending the decade on a high note, writer-style.

That’s probably my biggest thing I am thankful for, but there’s little things, too.  Like the fact that today the kiddos put the Christmas tree up all by themselves.  Or that as I type on this Sunday afternoon my husband is jubilant as the Bills get an interception.  Or this steaming mug of coffee that’s giving me the will to live.  It’s the little things that matter the most, and for that I am thankful.

So, I wish you a blessed holiday, and I hope that you get to spend time with family and friends this week.  I shall be spending turkey day with both, so I’m pretty pumped for that.    

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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