Thanksgiving: The Joe Edition
Posted by joeabbott on November 27, 2014
I’m thankful for a lot of stuff; so much so that I have trouble getting my head around a reasonable approach to a general purpose “thanks”. I was going to detail the many ways in which I’m blessed and finish up with a meaningful nod to family and friends, but getting started is tough.
I was going to start with being thankful for my “stuff”, but when you have so much stuff it’s hard to figure out how to approach a note about it, well … perhaps you have too much stuff.
So let’s short circuit this note to just the grist.
I’m not particularly patriotic, but one only needs a passing awareness of world news to be happy for the country I call home. For all its flaws and room for improvement, the personal liberties and opportunities allowed to me by making my home in the good old US of A cannot be understated. For this I’m thankful.
I’m indebted to a society that allows a guy like me from a lower middle-class family to find a way to a college education and into a job market that makes use of my skills and rewards me plentifully. I can almost guarantee that I work more hours than the next person (yes, even while on “vacation” I was keeping up on daily mail) and am a bully supporter of my company, but I’m rewarded in spades. For this I’m thankful.
While it’s likely more genetics than anything, especially when you consider the way I binge eat some treats, I’m thankful for my health and well-being. I have general aches and pains, over the last couple years I’ve lost the ability to sprint from a dead stop, I take more breaks on the trail, and I need a bit more sleep to get through the day. And yet, I try to sprint, I get out on the trail, and I can go-go-go the full day. For this I’m thankful.
I’d mentioned genetics and it’s only right to note that my family has long been a source of comfort and warmth; support that’s unwavering and while family is distant in miles, they’re always close in thoughts. As my brother noted once, a phone call is a pretty easy way to close those miles. For my family, I’m thankful.
And my extended family here in Seattle, Suzanne’s brothers, sister and in-laws, they’re constant color in the Seattle grey; their doors are always open to us, regular gatherings throughout the year are the norm, and those meetings are always happy events. For these people, I’m also thankful.
Finally I have to thank Suzanne for the life we’ve made together. We’re not the people we were when we started our relationship, there’s not a material thing in our lives that was with us those many years ago. A different home, different cars, even different cats … and yet one thing remains the same: I’d marry you again. For you being in my life, I’m thankful.
And that’s a pretty full list in anyone’s books, I’d wager. I could add a whole lot to this post and they’d still be meaningful: cats and friends and opportunities and rewards for the chances I’ve taken. All of these things are on my Thanksgiving list.
For all of this I’m thankful.