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Happy Thanksgiving! I Am Thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s hard to believe it’s already Thanksgiving. 2020 has been a year of pain, disappointment, heartache, and fear for so many of us. That’s why I think it’s important to take a few minutes to find things for which I’m thankful.

Counting my blessings keeps me positive and helps me ward off the sadness that comes from missing loved ones I don’t see anymore, which is nearly all of them. As I enjoy my Thanksgiving dinner with my husband, I will be thinking of those I wish were with us. I won’t be sad, though. I have so many blessings.

I have a good life and people who love me. I have a wonderful husband who puts up with my craziness and even loves me for it. I have two step-children who I love as my own, and I like to believe they have love in their hearts for me. I have three beautiful, healthy grandchildren who are the center of my universe. Being Nana is the best job I’ve ever had.

I’m surrounded by people who love me and accept me for who I am, eccentricities and all. I have family and friends who have been with me through the mountains and valleys of my life. They laugh and cry with me, listen to me, and offer their unconditional support.

I have a rewarding job where I work with great people who are like my second family. I have a house with a sturdy roof, food in my belly, enough money in the bank to pay my bills, and access to the medical care I need to stay healthy.

I live in a free country where I’m in charge of my own destiny. I make my own decisions, right or wrong. Thanks to COVID-19, I now wear a mask while making those decisions, but the choices are still mine.

I’ve found kindred spirits in my writing groups. I currently keep in touch with them via Zoom and Facebook Rooms, but the meetings still feed my need for connection with my peers. No one understands a writer quite like other writers.

I treasure the beautiful friendships that have blossomed from the roots of common ground. I’ve made close friends in all of my groups. My critique group, especially, has become such an integral part of my life that I would be lost without them.

We will safely be together again someday. In the meantime, we need to take care of ourselves and each other in creative ways.

I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving and take some time to reflect on your own blessings.

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