I know it’s just an American holiday, and has grown to be more well known for gorging on rich meals and kicking off the traditional Christmas shopping season, but I just have to say, I am so thankful for this Thanksgiving. There’ve certainly been other years when we had more of a group, more family in town, and/or more friends with whom we were celebrating — even more of us. Likewise, there have been years we’ve had a more elaborate and/or commonly recognized spread of the usual seasonal foods — I mean we didn’t even have a turkey this year… But all in all, we had one of the best celebrations of the day that I can remember.
One of our regular all-holiday traditions is to erect the holiday tree you see above. We use it as the Birthday Tree for each of us in turn, and the Easter Tree, and as you can see we also use it as the Thanksgiving Tree. This year Natalie got out the tree and provided us all with construction paper leaves that she’d quickly cut out, and some pens, and we set about writing down things for which we are thankful. We had an awesome time with that, celebrating both the novel ones we saw each other create, as well as the repeated ones that each of us did without seeing each other (e.g. “family time”, and “friends”). At one point Echo said, with typical 5 year old fervor, “I’m thankful for Thanksgiving!” and I thought, “Yeah, so am I,” just really pleased with how we made the day for ourselves; but also really glad to have a day to do nothing but be fully deeply glad, and truly appreciative of all the amazing blessings we enjoy — including the delicious feeling of being thankful itself!
So, in honour of getting to extend that enjoyment a bit, and in no particular order, here’s some stuff for which I am giving thanks:
- My family — I mean whoa, could a guy get any more fortunate in terms of the amazing people with whom he is regularly surrounded? Cool, kind kids, and a stellar partner I am just mad about — check!
- My parents — They’re supportive, loving, and fun.
- My community — I’ve got it all, from far-out inspirers, artistic instigators, and warm acquaintances, to close-knit co-villagers, fast friends, and trusted confidants.
- Gus — Without him, we’d be out in the cold, quite literally, but even our hearts are warmed by our solid, gorgeous home’s cozy hearth.
- Missoula — I don’t think there is a better town for my needs and interests. Now if I could just get that geodesic dome greenhouse so I can grow food all year…
- Me — I’m so glad I am the way I am. I don’t always do exactly what I’d most prefer, but I’m always me, and I’m perfectly pleased with that.
- Abundance — We have so much. We get more everyday. There’s loads more on the way. And there’s plenty to go around!
- Skype — It ain’t the real thing by a long shot, but it has allowed us to continue to hang out with Bella (in particular) in between the times we get to have her here. We had a yummy session on Thanksgiving, during which she told us aaaallllllll about a boy she likes at school and their impending first date to the movies (!!). And our whole family got to cheer her on and be excited with her, even though we are nearly 8 hours away.
- Our vehicles — Sylvia and Cherry (in their individual ways) are perfect cars for us. And we have perfect bikes now, too!
- Creative expression — We all get to play music, and make things, and pretend stuff that I really like.
- Continued growth — I love that my whole family (not just our kids) continues to grow and develop and become. It’s cool to see Natalie and I, as well as the girls, learning more and honing ourselves toward greater fulfillment.
- Joy — Dang we sure have a lot of it.
I could go on the rest of the day, including all the other wonderful and even some less than wonderful stuff I am glad about in this life, but I’m sure you get the idea. It’s not something I save up just for one day a year, but I sure am thankful for the day, too.
Thanks for letting me share it with you!