Flying Middle Finger
A Minute to Myself (108)

Thanksgiving List

I am thankful that I am not a bitter woman, or that I am not letting my anger and hurt and pain consume me. Or that I do not feel that I am a bitter woman. 

I am thankful that I still believe that people are basically good and compassionate, and a reason to go out in the world every day.

I am thankful that I have two daughters who I was able to raise to the best of my abilities.

I am thankful for my students who have forced me to learn the eight parts of speech, and to identify a thesis statement, and who have made me get outside of myself for hours a day—and night—because, indeed, it is a village and I like the realization that I am a part of something, that I receive even more than I contribute.

I am thankful that Barack Obama will be president in less than two months.

I am thankful that there is a chance the war in Iraq will soon be over.

I am thankful that I am healthy (at least I think I am).

I am thankful for discovering blogging, which is a world of reading and writing and written conversations--and new friends and acquaintances. What more could a person want? (Rhetorical question)

I am thankful for my parents who have stood by me and held me up and listened to me cry for countless cellphone minutes.

I am thankful for Poops, who snuggles next to me and makes me remember that I am not alone, and that I am snuggly. 

I am thankful for my friends because life would be so pale without them.

I am thankful for the beauty that is before me every second of the day.

I am thankful for my daughters.

I am thankful.

Comments

Wilma

Good list, Laura and I too find it a good thing to do.
May your list grow longer and longer.

goodfather

Excellent list! I'm also extremely thankful today, for the people in my life and the blogosphere. :D

Terri Tiffany

Love you list!!!

Laura of Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman

And I am thankful for comments from readers.

JC

Laura,
I'm thankful that you're thankful. (It really helps to remember the good things, doesn't it?)

April

And I'm thankful to be one of your readers! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

Lori

Great list. Hope that this list keeps on growing as time goes on.

Laura of Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman

JC, it does indeed feel good to think about the positive. I had my students write about what they're thankful for today. Some went right to it, others sat there, blank. I guess being thankful and recognizing what we have to be thankful for, in spite of or in the midst of whatever turmoil we are living through, is something to be thankful for.

Oh, April. Thank you.

Lori. I like the idea of an expanding list of thankfulness.

Quondamchaos

I liked much of your list. I was told of my impending divorce on November 14th so Thanksgiving was looking bleak to say the least....my 14 year old reminded me after I said 'Oh great Happy Thanksgiving'.....she said I should be thankful for her! OMG, tear my heart out..nothing like a child to bring us back to what is important. Now Christmas.....take a deep breath, its gonna be a bumpy ride! Thank you for the encouragement to us all.

Laura of Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman

Quondamchaos, you must certainly be thankful for that child who brings your focus back to her and yourself. Now's the time to establish new Christmas traditions. Try to look forward as much as possible, because that is where life is lived.

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