I was something in the 60s but now I'm just sixty something.

Giving Thanks

on November 19, 2012

Let’s Talk Turkey

Thanksgiving is upon us once again. I look around, and like many of us, I get enraged at things such as politics, General Betray us  Petraeus, my diminishing retirement account, and the San Diego Chargers. I hear myself grumbling,”What the hell is there to be thankful for?” Then from somewhere a Sunday school voice pops into my head and whispers to me to count my blessings. I know there are many things I have to be thankful for. But the Litany of Thanksgiving is rather obvious and overdone and can make you feel guilty and like an ingrate. I think this year we should all look beyond the usual. Sometimes it really is the little things in life that bring us the most joy and gratitude.

Here are some of the things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving:

1. Chocovine. I mean red wine and chocolate all in one? Can it get any better than this?

2. My son lives in town and has two dogs. Now I don’t have to get one.

3. Despite my gym being closed for repairs for the last 6 weeks my pants still (barely) fit.

4. I am in no way related to the Kardashians.

5. I am still able to lift the turkey in and out of the oven by myself.

6. Skype. My grandchildren live over 7,000 miles away. Yes, that’s 7 thousand miles. Now if the technology gods could just come up with a way to beam them up from ” down under”.

7. Despite our dismal economy and the phenomenon of a generation of workers being forced to hit the reset button over and over my three kids are finally all happily employed at the same time.

8. Blogging. I can actually write and be read without having to have an editor. There are no rejection letters. OK, so there’s no money either but I get to hit “publish” all by myself. That’s POWER!!!

9. I don’t eat Twinkies.

10. The gift of laughter. It is the  simplest and most useful of life skills and I could not survive without it.

Think outside the turkey this year. What are some of the little things you are thankful for?


9 responses to “Giving Thanks

  1. yourothermotherhere says:

    That I’m alive to read blogs!

  2. Cindi Hamilton DiMichele says:

    Thankful for the internet enabling a reunion with a friend from (40+)years ago!

  3. Joy Venters Johnson says:

    I really enjoy your emails…..miss seeing you around SC

  4. Holly Jolles says:

    I liked this entry so much, I posted it on my fb page. I have many things to be thankful for. I need to look at it the way you did. I am thankful you are my friend.

  5. Sharon Greer says:

    Great blogs! I’m thankful you write them and I read them. Am NOT thankful for a recent long-term relationship ending but am thankful for not wasting any more time on him.

  6. Scott Miner says:

    Hard to improve on your list Philis. I too am thankful for your humorous blog(laughter really is the best medicine),that i don’t eat Twinkies and am not related to the Kardashians ( I never ‘got’ their fame) and that I’ve been able to connect with you and John again after all these years. Chocovine? Can’t wait to try it!

    I’m thankful that I still have my health and mental facilities intact…..wait, what was the question again?

    Happy Thanksgiving my friend!

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