Halloween is over. Time to start Christmas shopping.
Really, let's not.
Let's not forgot about November, and please hold off on the Christmas music until after Thanksgiving. In this house, we still have a 6th birthday to celebrate, not to mention that little thing called Thanksgiving.
When I was growing up, Thanksgiving was a chaotic (or at least often tipsy) event with my mom's large family at my grandparents' house. Here, it's pretty quiet; our families don't live nearby, and they all travel to see us soon thereafter at Christmas. Thanksgiving means I cook all day, spend ten minutes eating with my husband and two kids, and then do dishes. It's a bit anti-climactic, really.
This is one reason I've chosen to participate in the 30 Days of Gratitude started by my friend Karen on her blog, Dogs Don't Eat Pizza. If you'd like to hear more about her justification, you can read that here. Karen and I first met when we joined the same sorority in college. Neither of us are what I think of as sorority types; maybe that's why we found each other. We bonded during LSAT prep class, became summer roommates during law school, and were co-workers at the same law firm for a couple years. Our lives recently have come together yet again, as we frequently share information as parents, bloggers, and those on a quest for accurate spelling and grammar.
Back to the 30 Days of Gratitude...it's just what it sounds like--a daily acknowledgement of one bit of gratitude. I don't promise that it will always be sweetness and sincerity here on Flotsam of the Mind. After all, on Thanksgiving, immediately after giving thanks for my family and our health, I praise the geniuses who invented the dishwasher, the washer and dryer, and the microwave.
I will, however, start off on a sincere note. Today I would like to give thanks for my friends--those nearby, those scattered far and wide, those I meet for coffee, and those I instant message. As an only child who hasn't lived near family since leaving for college, I rely on my friends a great deal. They sustain me. Each and every one of you, wherever you are and no matter how infrequently we are in touch, means the world to me. I wouldn't be able to do it without you.
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For the rest of the month, I'll continue my regular posts as well as those for the 30 Days of Gratitude. In a pinch, my gratitude posts may appear only as an update to the Flotsam of the Mind Facebook page, so if you haven't yet Liked that page, you can do so here.
If you'd like to join me, Karen, and some other bloggers in the 30 Days of Gratitude, feel free to blog about it, post a comment here or on the Flotsam of the Mind Facebook page, or as your own status update on Facebook. Even on our darkest days, we all have something for which to be thankful, and taking a moment to share it with others is a great way of reminding ourselves.