Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving, Better Late than Never!

Maybe you're sick of logging onto Facebook and being bombarded with people's statuses about what they are thankful for - but I'm not, so get ready.  I read something online the other day that really made me stop and think for a moment: What if tomorrow you woke up and only had the things you thanked God for yesterday?

Most days I would wake up with nothing.  Why is it that we only give ourselves one day each year to really be aware of just how lucky and blessed we are?  Being home, surrounded by family and friends, has been such a wonderful reminder of just how much I should be thankful for - every single day.

I started making a list of things I was thankful for the night I got home and it has only gotten longer each day.  Of course I was thankful for my mom since she came into Logan at midnight to pick me up from the airport even though she asked me while I sat in four hours of traffic trying to get to the airport if I could please try and get on an earlier flight...  I was thankful that my temper did not get the best of me at the airport McDonald's where they were out of nuggets and Diet Coke.  Really?  Just close up for the night if you don't have the essentials.  I guess I'm thankful they still had sweet and sour sauce - it's the little things in life.

My dog - I hadn't realized just how much I missed her (I mean she is the best dog in the world).  My clothes - I opened my closet to visit some old friends and red wool coat, I've missed you and I'm thankful for you.  My mattress - I am so thankful for the pillow-top cloud I get to sleep on for a few nights before heading back to Fredericksburg.  Mattress at school, you fail.  I am always thankful for a good night's sleep.

The next morning my dad didn't wait long before joking with me at breakfast and messing up my hair.  Dad, I'm thankful that I got your sense of humor, Chump - I mean Champ!  Never gets old, right Dad?  Oh by the way Timmay, all my friends are asking about you.  They want to know how the Big Guy's doing!

Speaking of friends, I'm thankful for my friends back here in MA.  Sometimes it seems like you guys know me better than I know myself.  It always amazes me and makes me insanely happy that despite going months between seeing each other, we can just pick up right where we left off.  What would I do without all of you?

Family.  I have a lot of you and I think we're all a little bit kooky - in a good way.  I'm thankful for every story we shared and the laughter that didn't seem to stop the entire time you were all here for Thanksgiving dinner.  Next year we need more pies though.  Yes, definitely more pie.  Growing up with an extended family like ours is a bit of an anomaly these days and it's one of the things I am most thankful for.  May the "Idiot Wave" live on forever.

So there you have it.  Just a handful of things I am thankful for but enough to warrant a blog post.  Maybe I am sick of all those Facebook statuses after all...they aren't long enough!  What are you thankful for?

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