Today is Thanksgiving here in the U.S.
Now, you may have noticed that the global economy isn’t exactly doing well. There’s war. Starvation. All sorts of bad, scary things going on.
So–just for today–how about sharing 7 things that you’re thankful for?
This can be about books, sure–authors you appreciate, books you love, an ode to your public library–but also, how about other things, too? Because in times like these, with bills piling up and disaster seemingly lurking around every corner, it’s more important than ever to stop and take stock of the things we’re grateful for. Family. Friends. Good health (I hope). Coffee and tea. Turkey. Sunshine. Wagging tails. Curling up with a good book.
So, how about it? Spread a little positive thinking and tell the world what there is to be thankful for.
I’m not in the US this year and I’m missing out on my grandma’s lasagna because of that. For me, it’s always been about the Italian food that my Italian grandma makes (my mom makes it too, and well, so do I, I’m a lucky girl!) rather than the turkey and traditional “American” foods. And instead of Thanksgiving dinner, I have an essay and translation to do. Lucky me. Regardless, I am still thankful for a large variety of things!
I think number one is my fiance, who really is the best thing that’s ever happened to me, corny as that is. Hey, isn’t this a corny holiday anyway? He’s incredibly supportive all the time, which I know is better than I can manage, and he makes me very happy.
Second, my parents, of course, who are also very supportive and I’ve never doubted how much they love me. We’ve been through a lot (that’s an understatement) as a family and I’m glad the three of us at least are still here and mostly healthy, even if we’re missing one crucial member.
I’m very grateful for my friends, who are without exception far away right now, but are the best and closest I’ve ever had and I can’t wait to see them again.
I’m also thankful for my opportunity to study here, in my opinion the most beautiful and inspiring medieval city in England, doing something that I love without reservation; so many people don’t get even that last part let alone the first. I’m also very grateful for my books and my love of reading (more thanks to my parents for that one) and my ability to escape into another world at will. Two more – I’m grateful that I can cook well and have food to cook with, and finally and perhaps most importantly, I’m glad that everyone I love is mostly healthy and not in imminent danger, and while far away right now, I’m happy that I can see them all soon.
And now back to my persistent essay, I promise I will review (and read) books again once it’s done and in! I hope that is today.