Thanksgiving Day, a time to reflect thankfulness, also reminds me of the lame answer I gave Sarah last year at Thanksgiving when she asked me what I was thankful for. I said something like family, friends, a job, and good health…not very specific, but absolutely true. So, here’s my more thoughtful answer.
I’m thankful for my parents. To begin, I’m thankful they have been married for over 50 years, an accomplishment in which they take great pride. I believe their strong marriage has had a positive effect on my marriage as well. I’m also thankful both enjoy good health and independence. So few people my age are lucky enough to have both parents well and together…truly something to be thankful for.
Next, I’m thankful to be married to my best friend. There’s nothing better than traveling, talking, eating, and just hanging out with the person I most enjoy being with every day. Now that doesn’t mean every minute of every day is perfect, but being with someone who always makes me number one is pretty special. How many people have a partner who is thoughtful, considerate, funny, and a hard worker? And to think he’s spent his entire adult life surrounded by “girls”! That’s no easy task, but one he wouldn’t trade for the world. And finally, few women are fortunate enough to have a husband who loves HER family as much as she does – parents, brother, sister, nieces, nephews, as well as extended family. How thankful I am that my family is his family!
Of course, that brings me to the three of you. I’m thankful for each of you and for more reasons than I can count, but let me start by explaining what I’m thankful you’re not.
I’m thankful you just watch “Sixteen and Pregnant” instead of actually being sixteen and pregnant.
I’m thankful that you aren’t rude, obnoxious, or mean-spirited like Snookie or others on “The Jersey Shore”.
I’m thankful that you are Meghan, Emily, and Sarah instead of Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney. You may never make as much money as the Kardashians, but I’d much prefer daughters who are not self-centered, sleazy, backstabbing, spoiled brats.
I’m thankful you don’t wear clothing made of meat like Lady Gaga.
I’m thankful you’re not in and out of rehab like Britney or Lindsey or Paris.
I’m thankful you’re not suffering from eating disorders like the Olsen twins.
I am thankful you’ve avoided the desire to emulate the behavior of celebrities seen on television, movies, and featured in tabloids. Sure it would be great to have loads of money and everything you’ve ever dreamed of, but family and friends and good health…those are the things to dream of and to be thankful for.
I’m thankful you are healthy and have good sense, and the ability to avoid the crazy behavior popular in today’s society.
I’m thankful you want to spend time with family. It must be miserable to have a family that dreads holidays and spending time together, but that seems to be a common theme in many families.
I hope you’ll take a few minutes this week to ask yourself, what are you thankful for?
Originally published Thanksgiving, 2012 before I began sharing Mom’s Monday Memo so this may explain why some of the references seem a bit dated.