As many of you know I’m not a big fan of most holidays. I usually get Thai food for Thanksgiving, spend the day playing videogames, and think about the people that I care about.
So, here are 10 things I am thankful for this year.
- My daughter – Although my daughter doesn’t really look like a Woodbridge and is much more outgoing than I am, she did inherit my sense of humor and my crazy laugh. She makes me laugh all the time. The other day she said, “I don’t want to take karate because I don’t know how to break bricks with my forehead”. She’s also kind, has a lot of empathy, is well behaved and is just a lot of fun to be around.
- My job – I am thankful that I am able to earn a living working from home. I am doing work that I enjoy, my schedule is flexible and I have a lot more time with my daughter than I used to.
- Weight Loss – I am thankful that I have had the discipline to stick to my diet and exercise routine and am steadily losing a pound a week, I have more energy and I feel more confident. I ran into a friend recently that I hadn’t seen in a couple of months and she told me that “I looked great – very fit”. Hearing that was really awesome.
- Friends with Ex – My ex-husband, who is my daughter’s father, and I have become friends again. I am really happy about this because for the longest time he was my best friend and really know one knows me better than he does. When we weren’t getting along I really missed our friendship and being able to talk to him. The three of us have been spending more time together.
- Car Independence – I am thankful that I live somewhere where I don’t need a car. I walk, bike, take public transportation, and occasionally rent a car. Yes, getting groceries can be a pain but I mostly shop at local businesses and at the Farmer’s Market. It’s rare to see me out and about without a full backpack.
- The Internet – It’s hard to remember back before the Internet but a lot of things were a pain. Things like contacting colleges for information and applications, getting basic information about a movie, buying concert tickets … etc. Before the internet, I had no interest in computers and remember saying that I would never use one. That makes me laugh now – computers and the internet allow me to correspond with people all over the world and earn a living. (Before I had children I also said I wanted 5 of them so I’ve been known to make statements that were the complete opposite of my reality ;-)
- West Philadelphia – It’s taken me 15 years but I finally feel like a Philadelphian. Granted, I am most into my own neighborhood. Within just a couple of blocks I have a wonderful park and farmer’s market, a tiny market that sells almost everything I want including their famous tofu hoagies, easy access to public transportation, diverse and eclectic neighbors, a wonderful public school, the University of Pennsylvania, and so much more.
- Vermont – I am thankful that my brothers kept my Mom’s house in Vermont and that I still have beautiful and remote place to spend time when I need to get out of the city.
- My brothers – I am thankful that I have them, that they aren’t too far away and the they are relatively happy and healthy.
- You – I am thankful that you are visiting this site and reading this article. I appreciate your ongoing support.
photo credit: Lawrence OP