ABCs of Thankfulness

Every year, I post the ABCs of Thankfulness. It’s turned into my Thanksgiving tradition. Sometime while the turkey is cooking and we’re sitting around watching football (if I’m at my dad’s) or the parade (if I’m at my mom’s), I pull out the computer and take a minute for this. Thanks, of course, always goes to Trish, for giving the inspiration that started a tradition!

Autumn. You are the best season.

Boyfriend, because Michael is my best friend and I’m thankful for him every day.

Crafts! I love feeling creative and making something out of nothing.

Drama, because you make stories so good!

Email, because it keeps me connected with people around the world.

Fantasy. Many of my favorite stories are fantasy stories. I’m thankful for that!

Green, you are a lovely color.

Happiness. Thankful for the happiness in my life.

Indulgence. Thank you for the piece of chocolate in the afternoon, the break in the middle of the week from the gym, that extra bit of butter I put in the mashed potatoes.

Jammies, because, you know, real pants are overrated.

Kindness. So thankful for small acts of kindness.

Love, because that’s the best thing to be thankful for.

Metafiction, when you’re done right, you’re so cool.

North Carolina, because it’s a beautiful place.

Opportunity. I’m thankful for every opportunity I’ve had, in all parts of my life.

Plots, because I’ve used every other iteration of books, words, stories, poems in the ABCs of Thankfulness.

Quest stories.

Relations. Family and friends? I would be lost without you.

Scarves! Because you keep me warm and you’re oh so comfy.

TV Shows, because I love stories and some excellent stories are being told on TV right now.

Ups and downs, life is full of them, but I’m thankful for everything this life has to offer.

Village, The. The best neighborhood in the city.

Work friends, for getting me through the day.

Xfit. Okay, I don’t actually love crossfit. I hate it. It makes me hurt, but I’m thankful for what my body can do.

Yarn, I’m thankful for the joy you bring to my life!

Zzzzzzs. I do love a good nap or a perfect night’s rest.

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ABCs of Thankfulness

Happy Thanksgiving, USA.  Like last year, I’m going to come up with the ABCs of things I am thankful for.

Anne of Green Gables. Such a comfort read. Thank you for being there, Anne.

Books. Does this need explanation?

Cooking. There are few things in this world that I find as satisfying as cooking a delicious meal.

Dreams. I have some crazy ones and they certainly make sleeping entertaining.

Eating. I love to eat as much as I love to cook. Thankfully Thanksgiving is a holiday that let’s me do just that.

Friends. I have some fabulous friends. We are not always all together, but when we do finally get together, it’s like not a day has passed.

Ginger. Such a delicious ingredient!  We should use it more often.

Happiness. Sometimes we forget to sit back and think about how happy we are. We often think about our sadnesses, but how often do we say, “I am just so happy right now?”  I’m always thankful when I am so happy, it has to be mentioned.

Internet. Where would we be without the internet? Even though I lived (briefly) in a world without the modern conveniences of cell phones and internet and computers, I can’t really imagine going back.

Japanese food. Sushi! You are delicious.

Kaitlin, Kelsey and Claire. The sisters.

Literature. Like books, does this need any explanation?

Maps. I really love maps, both as art and as a functional object.

Nuance. Subtleties make life interesting.

Owls. I love owls!

Poetry. I love to write poetry and I love to read poetry.  So thank you, poetry, for existing.

Quips. Who doesn’t love quips?

Relatives.  Of all kinds, I am thankful for you.

Study abroad. My travels to Spain this year were certainly something to be thankful for.

Today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present!

Underwear. I would certainly miss underwear if it weren’t in my life.

Vegetables. Exploring incorporating more vegetarian meals into my diet (not all the way vegetarian), and it is making me appreciate vegetables even more.

Writing. From blogging, to novel-writing, to poetry, I’m so thankful for writing.

Xmas. Just around the corner! I love Christmas.

Yesterday. Love the memories we made, so why not be thankful for everything wonderful that was yesterday?

Z, love of my life. Of course I’m thankful for you!

Enjoy the time with your family, enjoy the food.  Remember what you’re thankful for in your life today 🙂

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