For These I Give Thanks…

Posted: 29th November 2009 by Tammy in Amigos, Family, Health, Thoughts

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays for many reasons – fluffy pumpkin pie being high on the list – but mostly because it causes most people to reflect upon and share the wonderful things in their lives. Here are just a few of the things and people for which I am thankful, in no particular order:

  • Music, particularly of the pop-punk and symphonic rock varieties.
  • Science. Tomorrow will be one year from the day my mother was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer. Thanks to her determination and some really great medical care, she not only survived but went into remission in late April.
  • Tasha, the best sister a girl could possibly have. Marek, for loving her almost as much as I do.
  • Beauty in many facets and forms, including nature, art, the human psyche, and shoes.
  • The best dogs in the world – Stout and Jake. They make life infinitely more interesting, amusing, and snuggly.
  • Amazing food. Most vivid in my mind at the moment is the Thanksgiving feast prepared by Grace, a lovely woman I only recently met but shall forever claim as family.
  • Work I love – and which rarely seems like work.
  • Brad and Jon, the two people with whom I work most closely. Not only do I respect them, I also adore their company.
  • Friends with hearts as big as the ocean, like Kevin who is adopting a wee little guy from Ethiopia, and Richelle who organized a crew of city folk to help an organic farmer too ill to harvest his crop.
  • People who truly enjoy helping others through volunteer work, like Mary, Lorinda, Brandy, Carmel, Julie, Crystal, Mike, Marcus, Joyce, and so many more I’m fortunate to know.
  • Those who dedicate their professional lives to helping others, like Rita, Brigitte, Gerri, and Lori. They bear a huge, often thankless burden, and our society is much richer because of them.
  • The abundance of writers in my life who keep me on my toes, though they’re unaware of it – Annie, Lori, Eammon, Richelle, Susan, Bill, Steve, Fred, Mike, and Brent.
  • Tammy, Annie, Brandy, Crystal, and Meredith, who keep me grounded and are always up for an adventure.
  • Kristopher, a dear friend through it all.
  • Kim, my big sister from another father and mother, and Derek, the little brother I never had.
  • Katja, J.D., Joe, Rebecca, Dan and Tim, the amazing neighbors who make home an even nicer place to be. Matt and Maureen should be on this list but they moved away. I’m decidedly NOT thankful for that.
  • Friends I rarely see because of geography, but who have a special place in my heart – Bill, whose love of life mirrors my own; Anne, whose grace and serenity inspire me constantly; Meghan, who indulges my inner producer; Brent, who is so darned smart I haven’t understood a thing he’s said in a decade; and high school friends (especially Gloria) who understand just how far we’ve all come.

What makes you give thanks?

  1. Lori says:

    Thank you for including me in the distribution of this great list. Thanks, also, for including me TWICE in the content of your list. It is good to be appreciated! Being the person that you are has been a positive influence for me, including in helping me find a niche in my career choice. So, you helped propagate kindness and choices that involve doing good things for others and for the world. Good things come full circle and, as your list of things you are thankful for demonstrates, you recognize the ripple effect of being a kind, generous and loving person! XOXOXO!

  2. Crystal says:

    This is the sweetest post and reminded me what it’s all about. Thanks for including me in it. I’m thankful for you as well honey.