|Dinner courtesy of some wonderful people.|
You'd think we'd be more talkative around here, wouldn't you? Well, we're not really that expressive when it comes to the positive stuff. We're aces at pulling each other apart, at dissecting the foibles and tics and pointing and laughing when one of us stumbles. I should be ashamed, but I'm not.
That's something to be thankful for. We may not be soft and snuggly and Hallmark Channel fuzzy wuzzies, but I don't think there's a single person in this house who doesn't feel loved. Right down to the last wretched cat. Hang on a second. Let me see...
Okay, I just checked. I asked each of them (the humans, not the cats) if they felt loved. Here's how that went:
MathMan: Yeah, who said I didn't?
Nate: Yeah (with accompanying eyebrow raise)
Sophie: I don't know. Can I have a hug first?
So there we are. Love. It is probably the greatest thing ever. And we have it in spades.
And for that we truly are grateful. Whether some of us are able to express it or not without a gun to our heads.
Here are some other things I'm thankful for:
RennRatt and her wonderful family who provided us with an authentic and delicious Thanksgiving dinner - Friends near and far - Family near and far - Laughter - Music - The moment right after I take off my bra - Good health - Shared memories - The gorgeous weather we're having - MathMan's job which pays the bills and gives him the chance to save the world - Books - Words - A hot shower - Remembering - Forgetting - Working out - Quiet - My trusty old laptop circa 2007 - The fact that Nate really loves going to school now - My digital camera that allows me to capture life as it happens - The silly cats - Movies that make me laugh or think or cry (as long as I'm alone) - The light and color at sundown when the trees are shadows against the palette of pinks, mauves, purples and blues - Hollyhocks on their tall stems - Art Deco Architecture - Still being able to recite Goodnight Moon - Chloe's happiness at school - The entire Art Nouveau movement - Edward Gorey - Anthony K. and his sock - My active imagination - Catching sight of a hawk on a wire or post alongside the road - When the car starts - The roof over our heads - Dry pavement - The cartoons and reruns I watched as a kid - Comfortable clothes - Major appliances that work - PBS - Agatha Christie and her memorable characters - High count cotton sheets - Lotion - Skype - My wooden back scratcher - The internet - Homemade fabric softener - Ibuprofin - Red wine - Billy Nye the Science Guy - British TV - Edward Hopper's art - Time - Sugar - How Sophie enjoys playing her clarinet - Dogwoods announcing the spring - When we get a little snow - Chocolate - Art created by my friends - A whole mess of other stuff - And you. I'm grateful for you.
I hope you've had a good day wherever you are. Tomorrow we'll get back to the pointing and the laughing.