One of my favourite bloggers ever sent me a Happy Thanksgiving card. I was so touched that she thought of me and excited because I’ve never received a Thanksgiving card before, so thank you Meleah Rebeccah over at Momma Mia, Mea Culpa for the wonderful wishes. (By the way, don’t you just love the title of her blog? It’s so witty, isn’t it?)
In Australia we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. The closest we come is Australia Day in January. Yet I think having a national day of thanks would be very good for our nation’s psyche. It would also mean that I would get to try some delicious-sounding food. My sister lives in North Carolina and this year she is having bourbon-glazed turkey (make mine a double!) with corn-bread stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, honey-glazed ham, a mushroom-stuffed beef roast, pumpkin pie, white chocolate and cranberry pie; washed down with egg nog and mulled cider. Heaven!
There are so many things I’d like to give thanks for:
* my son – he is just one in a million, that kid. I see the better parts of myself and his father in him (thank God he didn’t get the bad parts!) He brings me joy every single day
* cardiologists – these men saved Alfie’s life. Their knowledge and experience was astounding but their most striking feature was the calm they exuded. I was immediately comfortable in their presence. I HEART CARDIOLOGISTS!
* my family – even though at times there is a lot of dredging up of issues from the past which often bleakly colours the present, I love you all and I am grateful you are in my life
* my friends – in the words of Sly Stone, ‘Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf.’
* my blogging friends – you have given me something I didn’t think was possible to find on the internet – wonderful friendships! Blogging has opened up a whole new world for me. I love it! But more than anything I love the friends I have met through this awesome community. I love reading your blogs, I love reading your comments, I love the emails you send; it makes me feel really fortunate, so MERCI !
* the people I don’t know who tell me their stories. I met a lady on the bus the other day. She was one of those elderly ladies who are very neatly dressed. ‘Well turned out,’ my grandmother used to say. She had on a beautifully pressed cream blouse, a camel skirt, stockings with a herringbone pattern and Mary Poppins shoes. She told me that as little as sixty years ago there was a forest in the area where we live that is now a racetrack. Back in those days many people had stables at the back of their properties and they used to take the horses with carts down to the forest where they cut down trees to fuel their stoves and fires. We had a really interesting discussion about the price of progress. Thank you, Ellen, for sharing your story!
* movies, books, songs which continue to inspire me and make me feel glad to be alive. Thanks to all you creative people out there!
* photographers who take common, everyday images and turn them into art; you make me appreciate there is beauty all around
* soy milk – I can still enjoy a dairy-like experience without any of the lactose intolerance side effects
* poets – I don’t think any of you – alive, dead, published, unpublished – can truly appreciate how much your work has meant to me. I read poetry every day. It rings my day in – a crystal bell pealing in an azure sky
* goldfish – I own goldfish (three tanks) and I love them. They are responsive, cute, funny and give my family much joy. They have their own personalities and characteristics. I lost five of them to a bad outbreak of fungus this year (imported from an unscrupulous pet shop) and wept as if I had lost a family member. Thank you, fishies – I wuv you!
* my Mac Powerbook. The only thing it doesn’t do is make me a cup of coffee in the morning but I’m sure someone could program it to do that for me
* daydreaming – the stuff of life!
* birdsong in the morning
* acts of kindness
* people who care about the world and aren’t pushing a political agenda. I put my faith in all those young activists like my neighbour, Lawrie, for a better future
* rain – I look to the skies every morning
I have many more things I am thankful for but I would like to end with a quote from the wonderful poet, e.e. cummings :
” I thank you god for most this amazing day.”
A friend has emailed me a recipe for pumpkin pie. I am now going to attempt to make it. I Can Has Pie ?
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!!!!!!