10 Days of Thanksgiving; 10 Days Until Thanksgiving

I am so glad that we have a Thanksgiving Day to remind us of what we should be doing all the other days of the year: Thanking God for everything in our lives. It is now 10 days until Thanksgiving. For the next ten days, I will post 10 things I’m thankful for; why don’t you do the same? Not necessarily publicly, but definitely intentionally, and by recording them in writing, not just whipping them through your brain space. It is an act of gratitude to write them down. I’ll start my list today with one of my favorite quotes from Annie Dillard, which will serve as impetus for all of us! Please share some of your thanks on my blog!

“Beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there. . . . We must somehow take a wider view, look at the whole landscape, really see it, and describe what’s going on here. Then we can at least wail the right question into the swaddling band of darkness, or, if it comes to that, choir the proper praise.” –from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

1. Laundering a season’s clothing that have been in storage, the act that ushers in winter or summer

2. Pillows not yet flattened

3. Having a block of time to read a book for pleasure

4. Girl Scout cookies, especially thin mints and samoas

5. orange frosted cinnamon rolls

6. red Smart cars

7. being inside while the wind howls and whips up clouds of snow

8. hour long massages

9. icy diet vanilla Pepsi

10. Your daughter liking the same music (though now it’s retro) you did when you were her age: Neil Diamond, Jim Croche, Fleetwood Mac

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One Response to 10 Days of Thanksgiving; 10 Days Until Thanksgiving

  1. Kelsey says:

    1. red Sharpie pens for fine-point editing
    2. musicians who perform as well live as they do in recordings (Jim Croce, I’m looking at you)
    3. the wonders of YouTube–for catching up on the music, shows, and performances I missed because I wasn’t born yet
    4. an empty sink after hand-washing what feels like every dish in the house
    5. peppermint candy ice cream and other seasonal (food) items
    6. homemade noodles
    7. setting up gift-wrapping headquarters in the spare bedroom
    8. borrowing a vehicle with high MPGs
    9. day trips
    10. MasterChef Jr.

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