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during the holidays and it seems the good majority of my holiday season is spent running around trying to get an impossible to-do list checked off or complaining about the running around, so there isn’t a whole lot of reflection upon the things in my life that are actually good. But I’m turning over a new leaf—in the spirit of Turkey Day, I’d like to take this opportunity to list some of the things for which I am thankful. This isn’t your typical list, however. The big things (family, home, health), top my list, of course. But my intention here is to give thanks for the little things in life and the season that I so often take for granted and also to mention a few things for which I’m thankful, well … not so much. 1. I’m very thankful for stylish stretch pants. I can actually look fashionable on Thanksgiving and indulge in multiple helpings of mashed potatoes with extra gravy and pumpkin pie. However, I am not at all thankful for skinny jeans. 2. I am thankful my family has so much fun together. I’m especially thankful for the sound of my sons’ laughter at the dinner table. I am not thankful for the projectile orange soda expelled from their nose when one of them laughs too hard. 3. I’m thankful for a kitchen full of pots and pans and dishes that smell absolutely amazing, with little effort on my part. I am not thankful that those aforementioned pots, pans, and dishes and said kitchen are later cleaned with an effort solely on my part.
4. I am thankful for red wine. I am not thankful for white sofas or white carpet. 5. I am thankful for the invention of the navigation app, because now I am only lost when I can’t find my phone or can’t read the too-small font. I am not the least bit thankful for lost phones or lost glasses. 6. I am thankful for the DVR, even though 50% of the time when I tell it to record something, it tells me to go take a hike. I am not thankful that the DVR does not understand the power dynamic of our relationship (or that I don’t). 7. I am thankful that with age I’ve outgrown my debilitating shyness and gained some measure of self-confidence in social settings. I’m not thankful that I sometimes blurt out inappropriate things at inopportune times and cannot blame this on Tourette’s or any other syndrome. 8. I am thankful for anyone who truly knows me and yet still finds me endearing. I don’t have a flip side for this one—it is family and friends that make my world go around. Having a grateful heart can make life flow so much more smoothly, especially during this hectic time of year. The thing is, appreciating what you have is easy enough when things are going well; it’s when the chips are down that it can be difficult. Here’s to an attitude of gratitude and appreciating life as it is. Happy Thanksgiving! w
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November 2019 Lake Norman Woman Magazine