Today in the United States today is Thanksgiving Day. With roots in traditional harvest festivals, Thanksgiving can be an opportunity to celebrate the bounty of the year gone by.
2020 has been an unusual year. I have a list of things to be thankful for.
I am thankful that we had a mild winter, with little snow making life easier for me.
I am very thankful that our major adventure for the year was March 1-16th in Ireland, it was fun, pretty, and the people were delightful. I am so glad we did it when we did it, and to the place we went. If we had been a day later returning home, things would have been much more complicated. If we had gone to Spain (the other place I seriously looked at) instead of Ireland, things would have been much more complicated. We were lucky on that one.
I am thankful that I have a job, that I can do mostly from home. That I have not missed a days pay, and really most of what was planned for the year, has happened, even if in a somewhat modified format.
I am thankful that I have discovered the joys of my daily walk in the swamp, looking for my daily Eagle(s.) The gym has mostly been closed this year, and being outside has helped me develop a deeper connection to the place that I live.
I am thankful for the outcome of the election. For voters who cared deeply and showed up in record numbers to vote.
This year has challenged us. We have been confronted with a lot of what is wrong with our society. There have been health challenges, and yes I know someone who lost his father to COVID. We have a lot of work to do.
So what are we doing today? What we usually do. The two of us, at home, I will cook a special meal, we will relax and be thankful.
What are you thankful for today?