Unless this is your first time here, you have an idea of why this is not going to be my most grateful Thanksgiving ever. At this time of year, I like to think about things to be thankful for, but most of what I can come up with this year are the negative-thanks type, such as being grateful that more loved ones did NOT die, which doesn't seem to fit with the spirit of the holiday.
However, I have come up with a couple of things that are rather more positive, which I thought I would share before I went off to concoct angel salad and mash potatoes.
As I prepared to go shopping this morning, I was grateful to be going to a fully stocked grocery store, nearby, and to be focused on the list of items I wanted, not the money I could spend. I know that a lot of people, especially these days, have to start with what they can afford, not what they want to get, and I'm grateful that I got to do it the other way around.
And also, considering the last year, I am grateful for the support of family and friends (including you), who have helped me get through the (ahem) challenging events. Yes, a lot has sucked lately, but there's still a lot of love out there.
Happy Thanksgiving to the Americans, happy random Thursday if you're outside the country (is that a lot of you?). Travel safely, cook safely, eat safely. Hug your family, even the annoying ones. Hug them again.