As my American audience (and some of my other followers) know, Thanksgiving is on Thursday this week. Regardless of whether you celebrate it or not, I hope every one of my fellow bloggers has a wonderful day.
I myself will be at my mother’s house, hearing stories from my younger brother about Afghanistan (he’s a Marine), tales of boyfriend/clubbing/girly stuff from my younger sisters (they’re typical teenage girls), the latest New Age “news” from my mother (she’s a massage therapist who’s into the weird side of Wicca), and constant reminders from my aunt and uncle that I should “quit that gaming store and get a real job”. So, hopefully I will survive… 😉
But, in the spirit of Thanksgiving and what it really *should* mean, I wanted to do a post about the things I’m truly thankful for. Feel free to leave your own in the comments. Oh, and Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish readers, since it came so early this year!
I am thankful for…
1. Good job. Having decent employment that allows one to pay all their bills in this tough economy is nothing to sneeze at.
2. Great friends. Seriously, they are awesome. I’d lay down my life for any one of these men.
3. Readily available food and shelter. With the amount of homeless and hungry people we have in this country, I am grateful that I’m able to donate food to help them, rather than be one myself.
4. That I know my family. Are they all materialistic, shallow, celebrity wannabes? Yes…yes, they are. But at least I know where I come from and still have them around.
5. That I had enough self-esteem left by the time I was nearly 18 to leave home. I have a feeling that if I didn’t leave when I did, I’d have killed myself. So, yay me!
6. That I live in a country where I have so many equal rights and opportunities in comparison to other foreign women. American women have it good…sometimes I think *too* good.
7. That I’m free to live my own way. My survival is not dependent on me getting married, having children, or submitting to anyone. There are many who cannot say the same.
8. My fellow bloggers. I’ve never met any of you in real life, and probably never will. But I’m happy that you’re around to write, share your experiences/opinions, and build the blogging community with your knowledge. You all rock!
9. Living in a society that is constantly being cared for by others who are in jobs I don’t have to do myself. Oil riggers, sanitation workers, doctors, nurses, farmers, pharmacists, technology engineers, assembly line workers, auto mechanics, EMTs, teachers, firefighters, cops…All these men and women who keep America running. You always have my gratitude.
10. And last, but never least, that I have such a wonderful FwB, who patiently taught me that sex is not something to fear, but to embrace and enjoy to the fullest. Without him, I’d be a 29 year old wallflower virgin who’s still terrified of physical intimacy. Big, BIG thanks to him!
So, there we go. The major things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving. What about you?