I know I've mentioned here and here that us heathen Australians don't 'do' Thanksgiving, but it's a hard thing to get away from when you live in the US - not that we want to avoid it; it just doesn't have the same meaning for us.
At this stage, Thanksgiving means a couple of days off work for J, a week off school for the Faery, and endless amounts of scrumptiously tempting food in the shops.
Not bad, really.
Although Thanksgiving means little to me, there's no reason why I can't use this American holiday to reflect and be grateful for the good things in my life. I had actually typed a list of things I'm grateful for, but then realised I was echoing the sentiments of a poster I saw earlier this year. My list was sounding rather clichéd and unoriginal, so I opted to share the above poster instead.
- I am grateful that - most of the time - I have access to information which allows me to make the best decisions I can (not that I always do, though...)
- I am grateful for the perfect health of my daughters. It's lovely that they're also growing to be kind, clever, and gorgeous... but ultimately, good health is so incredibly important and not to be taken for granted.
- I am grateful that I get to wake up every morning with someone who is also my best friend.
- I am grateful for having seen a decent little chunk of the world already, and knowing I will probably get to see more.
- I am grateful for the friends I have. There are many days that have been made infinitely better by knowing such wonderful people.
A lot to be grateful for. A lot to feel lucky about.