An oldie but I love it.  Happy Thanksgiving to all…

by LAURIE on NOVEMBER 25, 2010

It’s not too often I’m at a loss for words. I don’t really get writer’s block. Maybe it’s because I write about things I like. Maybe it’s that I don’t write just for the sake of getting some words on a page. Maybe I just talk too damn much to begin with? Dunno.

What I do know is, I sat down to write a Happy Thanksgiving blurb to wish you all a fabulous day, and I was immediately stuck. Why? Clueless. I would love nothing more than to say something terribly witty here, but I got nothin’.

The only thing I have going through this pea brain is a little scenario that makes me smile every time I think of it. And, as I know, you’re waiting with baited breath to hear, so here goes…

About seven years ago, we were at my in-laws house for Thanksgiving dinner, and my sister-in-law passed around a big basket with slips of paper and pencils. The thing was, we were supposed to write what we were thankful for, fold it up, put it in the basket, and then at the dinner table read them aloud and guess who said what. All fine and good, but at the time I was thinking, “…ok, please pass the corn…” As always, no pun intended. Ha Ha. Sometimes I just crack myself up.

Anyway, so there I sit. And here comes the basket. It’s rounding the corner of the table, heading right for me… Three people away… Two people … One… And there it goes. Again, I got nothin’. How did that happen? I was so hard pressed thinking of what I was thankful for, the basket passed me by and my John Hancock was on not one of those slips. What???

And then, the basket stopped at my daughter, Abby. She was four or five. And she tossed her slip in the basket like it held the secrets to world peace, glancing from left to right, making sure no one saw what her little balled up piece of paper said until it was properly read. God I love her. Turned out, she was grateful for Barbies, and she was beaming. Now how easy was that?

There I was, mother of three (so far), beautiful family, great parents, wonderful in-laws, married to my best friend, educated, wanting for pretty much nothing, and… hmmmm.

I woke up that day. I realized it’s not the fancy cars and diamond rings I had to be thankful for. I didn’t need to carry Coach and walk in Prada before I could be thankful. It’s the easy things. The simple things. The things that sometimes aren’t things….

That day in mind, here are a few of my favorite things… you can sing it if you’d like.

Today, I’m grateful that there is a today… That I woke up and had a roof over my head and some tea for my cup (and lemon to put in it to boot.)

I’m grateful that after driving in traffic all day long yesterday, making a 10 hour trip into a 14 hour one, we’re all still alive to tell about it and are spending Thanksgiving with some of our favorite people.

I’m grateful for my beautiful family… that my children are healthy, safe and warm, and I know where they are. That they don’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from, and they always have me to tell them I love them…. That I’m not a mother who lay my head down at night, wondering, crying, wishing I could give my baby one last kiss…

I’m grateful for my husband… because although this year we’ve not been on the Merry-Go-Round, rather, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, we’re still not turning in our all day passes.

I’m grateful for my parents, because without them I would not be the person I am today. And my wonderful family-in-law. In the words of Tony the Tiger… “Theeeyyy’re Greeat!”

I’m grateful for my extended family, my brother, sisters, nieces, nephews, because, well, just because I love them all.

I’m grateful that, although I am not Obama’s biggest fan, I live in a country where I can say so and not get shot. Where there’s free enterprise and I can have my own business, if I so choose.

And I am grateful for all my friends, brand-new and newfound old. (One is silver and the other, gold…) I love you all.

[Side note: I’m also grateful that, although I’m trying to write, my handsome little son just poked his head in and blew me a kiss – totally destroying my train of thought but making me smile just as well…]

And now I invite you to share some of your favorite things below. May be things, may not. If nothing else, I hope I’ve inspired you to take time out of your busy day. The day when the turkey has to cook and the table has to be set, the desserts are in order and the guests entertained, and think about what you really have when you look around the table. At whatever table you sit.

I’d love to sit and chat some more, but I’ve got a glass of wine calling my name, and a long list of “things” to add to the basket.

Have a fabulous Thanksgiving.

Gratefully yours,