Oh, hell

This is what I believe is known in the rest of the blogosphere as an "open thread" of sorts, designed to stimulate your comments and let you do the work of blogging so I don't have to.The question is: What are you thankful for this year?It's not an easy question that makes it easy to avoid trite -- or even false -- answers. Sometimes, it's hard to look at one's life and find anything worth being thankful for.That said, I'll give it a try. I'm thankful, today, for a particular moment.That moment was last night. My lovely wife -- who I'm thankful for every moment, particularly on this, our third Thanksgiving together -- was cooking dinner. I kept her company by sitting at the kitchen table and playing around on the "new" manual typewriter a friend found for me, costing all of $5. We were piping in the new opera station on Pandora over the stereo. We had opened a bottle of wine.It was good. And I am grateful to have had such moment.Happy Thanksgiving.


leslie 14 years, 7 months ago

I'm thankful that porch squirrel didn't gouge your eyes out last night, Joel.

Gratitude has been an ongoing theme for me lately, which is a wonderful place to be. But I'd say most of all, I'm thankful for my husband. I'm married to my best friend, and I can't help marveling at how well it's all come together.

Laura Watkins 14 years, 7 months ago

i was going to say that i was glad i don't have to travel this year for thanksgiving but i actually do have a "real" reason to be thankful this year. my aunt who is dealing with a recurrence of non-hodgkins lymphoma had some good news from her doctor yesterday-- her PET and CT scans showed significant improvement and her cancer cells are now showing very little activity. she will only have to have six more treatments as opposed to eight (which is awesome because the treatments have really taken a lot out of her). yay!

Hilary Morton 14 years, 7 months ago

I'm increasingly more thankful for my family, and how much we get along. With all of the divorces, deaths, and moving, my mom, brother and I still meet up for thanksgiving, and have a great time, thanks to Uncle Jack, if you know what I mean.

lazz 14 years, 7 months ago

I'm thankful we can drink out front at the Pig again.

Aileen Dingus 14 years, 7 months ago

I'm thankful that I'm here. After moving here from Nevada, I remember my first autumn, and the leaves turning. There are no trees in Nevada, so to see the colors... I wrote to my friends and said how lucky I was to be here.

Our first spring here... now, we had a lilac bush in our yard in Nevada, which was nice, but to drive around here and see everything bloom and grow! I wrote to my friends and said how lucky I was to be here.

It went on like that, I could find something every day that made me think how lucky I am to be here. My friends would respond "Yeah, but it's KANSAS." (can you sneer in an email?)

They still got notes about burn parties and corn mazes and everything I ran into that made me realize how lucky I am.

Recently there was an article in the paper about the Rock Paper Scissors clubs at LHS and FreeState. I forwarded it to my friends with the note "How cool is THIS? How lucky am I to live in a place where there's a Rock Paper Scissors club at the high schools?" Some responded in kind, some wondered what I was talking about. That's ok.

I know I'm lucky. And I'm thankful.

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