Thanksgiving is always a day for family.
This year, like many others, I spent the day with my parents at their house in Tulsa. My grandmother was also there. It was a small group, us four. Unfortunately, neither of my kids could be there. Krista is off in Canada, and Nicole had to work at OU.
We had the typical Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey, potatoes, stuffing, cranberries, rolls, corn and for desert there was a deep dish apple pie. Mmmmmmm...... I, as usual, ate way too much. It was so good, I couldn't help it. I'll go on a diet tomorrow. I swear!
After dinner, the four of us sat around the living room and talked. Mom and Dad recently got a Bose home theater system (I helped pick it out - stuff for another article) and we had a music channel on for background noise. This time of year there is a Christmas music station, and that's what we listened to. One of the cool things about this station is they continually display trivia about the holiday season. Fun to read, and even educational. Did you know that for a period of time in 1600's England banned the celebration of Christmas? Weird...eh?
It was a nice visit, talking about all sorts of stuff. Its been ages since we've done that. Usually we are all too busy, but this time we weren't.
Most Thanksgiving essays always something about what the author (that would be me) is thankful for. Perhaps a bit overdone, but I thought I would do the same.
Lets see....I'm thankful for my family. My kids, my parents, grandmother and all other members of my family. I'm thankful for Catalina being in my life. She is such a sweet and wonderful person, I now can't imagine life without her. My life in Pryor is something to be thankful for. Though it is small, and cannot offer everything a big city might, it is a great place to live and raise a family. I'm thankful for comic books. It may seem silly, but its something that I really enjoy. Plus I am thankful that I live in a country that offers such freedoms that comic books can be published. Comic books used to be censored by the government until just recently (by the Comics Code Authority) and I'm thankful that this is really no longer the case. I am thankful for my clients at work, both past and present. I do my best, and while not perfect, our office does a good job. Clients come and go, just like everything else in life, but it is always (well..usually) a pleasure to help those who need my experience and knowledge.
Other things to be thankful for: That I'm going gray before going bald. That I have no more dogs in the house, and that the two cats still here will be gone by May. (Right, Nicole?) That both Krista and Nicole will be home for Christmas. Thankful for my health, and that of my family. That Nicole and Krista are both going to college, and (hopefully) graduating relatively soon. Thankful for electricity too, especially after this past winter's ice storm and one week without power.
I could go on and on and on.... but basically I'm thankful for everything. Good and bad. While the good is more fun, it's the bad stuff in life that really makes you who you are. I've had my share of both, and I am who I am because of it.
Last but not least, I'm thankful for everyone (if anyone does) who reads this blog. So, if you are out there in cyberland reading this..... thanks!