Though this holiday season finds me still sad at the loss of my beloved Lily Magnolia, I’m nonetheless grateful for the many blessings in my life. Thanksgiving is a time when I typically post reflections on things for which I’m grateful. This year’s list:
· Friends and family who are upbeat and positive and a pleasure to be around, especially ones who are “glass overflowing”—even more optimistic than “glass half full.” (Jagdish’s store motto is “Home of the overflowing glass.”)
· Friends who share their joy on Facebook, both in pictures and in words. (A special shout out to Ann Stokes Neff and Christine Sweeten Tourso.)
· The relatively good health that Jagdish and I have enjoyed this year; no trips to the ER, no hospitalizations—a rarity for us!
· A relaxing holiday drive up to Vermont and back, with no traffic jams, no accidents and as always, beautiful scenery along the way.
· Grandnieces and a grandnephew who are growing into wonderful young people; they’ll probably be my height by next Thanksgiving.
· Luke being so happy to see me when we returned from Vermont. He slept with me Friday night and was perched on top of me in the morning.
· Another year to enjoy our house since we didn’t sell it again this year, and especially the prospect of another Christmas here.
· Having the discipline to publish two books in about twelve months, with the third one targeted to be out by the end of this year.
· Looking forward to the adventure of “retirement” with Jagdish and getting to spend more time together.
· The little, independent local shops that make our communities special (like Spectrum-India and Books-on-the-Square). Today is Small Business Saturday. Shop local!
I’m grateful for many other things, but a list of ten seems to have become a tradition. I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving and that you join me in embracing an “overflowing glass” perspective on your own life this year.