It’s Christmas. For some of us, we are experiencing hardship and loss (or remembering our losses and hurting because of them). Some of us have felt the holes deeply other years and this year is more joyful. Some of us will be separated from those we love on this holiday. This day and celebration is for all of us, regardless, of where life’s tide has carried us. Whether we are sad, happy, alone, struggling to believe, in a sandy desert or together with loved ones and friends. So, here’s to all of us. I’m grateful to be seeing my niece and nephew tonight and tomorrow afternoon. They are my “hole pluggers” at times when I miss my children. There will be food, family, and love. There will even be some of the magic that has escaped me thus far this season. Carrots for reindeer, cookies and milk for Santa, and the same request I have repeated for years, an elf please? May peace, joy, and love be showered upon all of you.
I will always be your sweet pea, your princess (ha-ha), your loving daughter. But, just a reminder, I am 37 yrs. old. I have my own opinions (as you know), my own belief systems (as you know), my own mouth (you more than know). I love you (more than you probably know). Living together, you have become acquainted with a woman: a pigheaded woman, a stubborn woman, a woman not afraid to speak. If, at times, you do not agree with what I say, don’t listen (you do this well). If you experience shock and awe at what comes out of my mouth, just ignore me (and turn up the TV). I love you and will always love you. Remember one thing, I inherited my stubbornness from you.
Not supposed to be on the computer much so I will be brief (or at least try to). According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the term thanksgiving means:
1. the act of giving thanks
2. a prayer expressing gratitude
3. a public acknowledgment or celebration of divine goodness
Tomorrow, I will be engaging in numbers 1, 2, and 3. I hope you’ll join me. Despite life’s sometimes uncontrollable circumstances, we can all choose to be thankful for something or someone (or many things and many people). I am incredibly grateful for my family and friends who have been present when life has handed me cannolis (my favorite dessert) or when it’s dished out the Warheads. I also have a wonderful home, clean water, food, and a body pillow. Not going to lie, I am looking forward to mom’s Italian stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie (a large can of Ready Whip awaits). But the people I am sharing the meal with make the holiday. I hope you’ll join me in bringing to mind what or who you are thankful for. While I know, for some of you, Thanksgiving will be difficult and/or sad, remember that someone is thankful for YOU! Blessings. . .
My brother, David, is one of those amazing people you are fortunate to meet once in a lifetime. I was lucky to grow up with him and we still have a great relationship. It couldn’t have been easy spending an entire childhood with me. I was known for my creative fiction: “sharks” in the deep end of the pool, “hauntings” in the house around the corner, and plastic “bugs” that would await him as he crawled into bed. However, God forbid, anyone mess with my younger brother! We got along so well in high school that, many people we worked with, didn’t know we were brother and sister! Awesome! So, this is a tribute to the man who is a best friend, the person who has modeled for me independence and dream pursuing, who works harder than anyone I know, who is the best dad my niece and nephew could ask for, and, who was and is, the most amazing brother a sister could hope for. Dee, I love you and am so proud of your accomplishments! Your musical talents are incredible and your intrinsic feats. . . priceless!
- To live in a great country, America
- To have given birth to a great boy and a great girl
- To have a great dad and a great mom
- To have a great brother, a great sis-in-law, a great niece and a great nephew
- To have great friends who love me
- To live in a great neighborhood
- To have my children attend great schools with great teachers
- To attend a great university with great professors
- To have great neighbors
- To have great aunts, great uncles, and great cousins
- To have a great grandmother
- To have great medicine, great doctors, great hospitals
- To have great women and great men who protect our nation
- To have great men and great women who devote their lives to public service
- To have great air conditioning in great South Florida
- To drink great coffee with great soy creamer every morning
- To have great sunrises and great sunsets
- To have great oceans, great trees, and be surrounded by great nature
- To have great hearing to listen to great music, great laughter, great people
- To have a mouth to speak great words
- To have great fingers to type great thoughts, great feelings, and great emotions
- To have a great-full heart that knows while life isn’t always great, it is always full
What are YOU great-full for?