i-9dc84d4d9156dccb30d5f62466b4219a-swblocks.jpgIt’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:

  1. A bright, inquisitive, spirited, enthusiastic little girl who loves to climb and swing and read books and cuddle with her mommy.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.


  1. #1 Mimi
    November 27, 2008

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

  2. #2 Alice
    November 27, 2008

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. #3 Comrade PhysioProf
    November 27, 2008

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. #4 retired science woman
    November 27, 2008

    Happy Thanksgiving! This is a good list of what is a blessing in your life.

  5. #5 unbalanced reaction
    November 27, 2008

    Yes, it is definitely time for a tiny teaching break. Hope your thanksgiving is restful!

  6. #6 Amelie
    November 28, 2008

    Happy Thanksgiving, ScienceWoman.

  7. #7 Kate
    November 30, 2008

    That’s wonderful SW. I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving and a well-deserved break!

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