by Cathy Anderson Corn
Thanksgiving's nearly here and we all know it's about more than just fixing and consuming a gargantuan meal, cleaning the house, distributing leftovers, and watching football on t.v. It's about giving thanks for our blessings and for the bounty we enjoy.
And, as some current authors note, the more grateful you are, the more bounty that flows in. So in that vein of thought, I'm listing the top ten reasons I'm thankful this season:
10. I don't have to cook. Last year we had both our families to the house, and we cleaned and cooked for weeks in preparation. This year it'll be the two of us and pets; we'll maybe watch a movie and eat pop tarts. Okay, we're having Hanukah here, but a bagel dinner is much easier to fix than a turkey dinner.
9. I survived in good humor the Pennwriters Conference of May 2007. It was fun, with great information and smiling Sister and Mister faces. I won't mention a fresh-faced 23-year-old agent from a big agency who shot my novel pages (and everyone else's) down, but he was cute, and in some strange way I'm thankful he didn't want my work of art (okay, I'm lying).
8. My deepest and most humble thanks (my senior dog, Gypsy, barks in gratitude, too) to the manufacturers of Leaks No More, a remedy that...well, you can figure it out.
7. I live in a wonderful country, the land of opportunity, with the freedom to choose turkey or tofurkey for the holidays. People here are dedicated and hard working, and I thank one and all for their endeavors to promote peace and enlightenment for all.
6. I love the internet--looking up stuff fast, keeping in touch with emails, and ordering items I didn't know I needed.
5. I'm thankful for my family. This includes my parents, whose health has been on a teeter totter the past few years. They still hang in there, and I'm glad. I'm grateful for our cat companions Geebles and Missy, and their dog sister, Gypsy, for my Emily and husband Jason, as well as the stepchildren and the granddaughter to be born in March, little baby Corn (that makes Alan the Pop Corn).
4. Extreme gratitude for my massage career--a chance to serve others, earn a living, keep my hands from drying out in the winter (the oil keeps them moist), and much more. Many thanks for healing promoted and received and the years of being close to others.
3. Someday, my agent and editor will come (sung to the tune of "Someday My Prince Will Come").
2. My prince did come. See, this stuff works. As you already know, Alan and I wed at Kukui Heiau on Kauai, Hawaii, on February 8, 2007. They lived happily ever after.
1. The number one reason I'm thankful this Thanksgiving: For my fellow blogmates, great blogs of yore, hours of entertainment and fascinating topics and comments. (This is where I stand up with pompoms and cheer.) You're all great!
So anyone care to share an item or two from your gratitude list? And pass the cranberry sauce, please.
Have a great holiday.