It’s nice that Thanksgiving is here, and not just because I need a wee break from teaching. It’s also a very good reminder to me to look beyond the challenges and annoyances that seem to appear daily, and see instead the big good things in my life. And when I squint my eyes just right, I can see that many of those challenges and annoyances stem from an over-abundance of good things. So this year, I am most thankful for:
- A bright, inquisitive, spirited, enthusiastic little girl who loves to climb and swing and read books and cuddle with her mommy.
- An incredible bond among my mom, brother and I – a love so strong that we tend to sacrifice our own needs for the good of the others.
- A fairly secure job that pays a reasonable mortgage on a nice house in a safe neighborhood, keeps my kid in the best childcare I can find, and covers the other necessities of life.
- A job that challenges me, keeps me learning new things, and keeps me interested in coming to work day after day…and will do so for the rest of my life.
- A network of friends, in the real world and the virtual one, that support me when I am weak, teach me when I need to learn, and celebrate with me when there is cause to rejoice.
And now it is time to rejoice. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.