And since I’m on a Thanksgiving rant, let me tell you about all the things I am thankful for.
I am thankful for an extended family that knows love doesn’t mean leaving your brains or your individuality at the door.
I am thankful for John, Kristin, Dori, Donald, Madison, Ruby, Betsy, Danny, Sabrina, JoAnna, Tori and Sonny. They challenge me and provide the core of my life. They love me in spite of myself. And I love them in spite of all outward appearances at times.
I am thankful for kids who are there for each other. I am thankful for a mom who, although was only there for my first almost-9 years, gave me the gifts of love, music and laughter:) May she rest in peace and know we’re all OK.
I am thankful my father is still around to see this family they started.
I am thankful my stepmother puts up with my father (just kidding)- but I am grateful for her! I am grateful for Dan, Dave, Rob, Chris, Kristina, Michelle, Jackie, Laura, Linda and Phil, because most of the “knew me when…”
I am thankful for good health – my own and others’
I am thankful that my kids have been challenged – some of them terribly – and have always risen to the occasion. That humbles me more than I can say I am thankful for a sense of humor that carries me through even the darkest places
I am thankful for Nancy S., one of my truest and dearest friends – knowing her has changed my heart and my very being
I am thankful for Paul C., another one of the same – who I keep waiting to hear tell me I’m crazy – and he hasn’t yet – thank GodasBBL!!!
I am thankful for insulin pumps that have changed the lives of clients and dear friends
I am thankful for the choir and the bell choir, for a sense of community and shared faith and fun
I am thankful for my church, for a faith community who, like my family, doesn’t require blind adherence to an inhuman dogma, but which is constantly looking for ways in which we can be Christ for others
I am thankful for the group of friends from OBHS who found each other here in the MD-DC-VA area and stayed in touch and stayed friends despite many many differences – Peter, Melissa and John, Demetrius and Yanni, Jon and Roni, Perle, Lynn, Deb, and Martin – may he rest in peace!
I am thankful for the group of friends from Middlebury – the college and the town – who have been a mainstay for me of faith and friendship – for Vicki, Mary Beth, Martha, Paul, Ann and Tony, Terry, and even the ones I don’t keep in touch with as much -Father Andy, Janie and Cat. I am grateful for the next generation in our family – for our kids’ and nieces’ and nephews’ kids – and their parents who are working each in their own way to make this world better for their kids.
I am thankful for colleagues who understand what it is to work in our crazy profession and who consistently show that you can still be a human being AND a lawyer!
I am thankful for music, for that thing in which I can lose myself and be at one with the universe (OK I had to get all existential somewhere…)
I am thankful for knitting – that my hands can do something for others that shows my love – oh yeah and knitting too, LOL!
I am thankful for laughter and color
I am thankful for being alive.