Every year in the school where I work, all the students and faculty crowd into our small cafeteria and everyone has an opportunity to say what they are thankful for. It might sound hokey or clichéd, but at a school where every individual student has struggled with a multitude of unique challenges, there is a beautiful depth to the tradition. In fact, the day before Thanksgiving has become my favorite annual work day.
It is a beautiful reminder of how precious life is; how much we have been given and how valuable the people in our lives are . . . all obvious realities that tend to get lost in the day-to-day shuffle!
Every year it leaves me dwelling on how much I have to be thankful for . . . so this year I thought I might get a little more specific. I should always take time to count my blessings, so that I can remember them on days I’m not feeling particularly blessed! Its amazing how much I notice when I stop to actually look for things to be Thankful for! Now, combining this with the timeless tell-what-you’re-thankful-for Tradition, I found two different artsy people who shared their thankfuls in crafty ways and I am on the hunt for a fun way to share my own!
Exhibit A: Illustrations
Exhibit B: A Pinboard!
So I am brainstorming concepts, but also starting my THANKFULNESS LIST with you all! Now, I’m not going to list all the obvious ones . . . it should go without saying, but, Faith, Family, Friends, and safety are always at the top of my list. Beyond the essential life needs, I am thankful for the following blessings:
2.) Calculators – because I’m allergic to math, but still pay bills.
3.) The ability to recognize (although, true, it is sometimes somewhat delayed) when I am being ridiculous.
4.) Re-reading good books: Everything from Trixie Belden to the Bourne Identity!
5.) Costume Parties. I just enjoy them, okay?
6.) My cat. (Judge me. I would if I were you.)
7.) Puns. Because they are HYSTERICAL.
8.) Being able to touch-type. Talk about practical! Mrs. Green, I forgive you for the half-year hell of high-school typing class.
9.) Dr. Rhodes, the dentist who reconstructed my front teeth when I was five, so now I can eat corn on the cob, which is MAGNIFICENT!
10.) Other Peoples’ Babies.
And there you have the beginnings of my Thankful-list!
What are you thankful for this year?
This is my first Thanksgiving.
Well, not really. I am 24. But this is my first Thanksgiving MEAL preparation, which has left me feeling something like this zebra:
I have made dozens of pies before and I am a prolific stress-baker, so that part is not too bad. . . but a TURKEY??? Somebody hand me a Giraffe, I think I’m gonna climb up and hide until Thanksgiving passes.
THANKFULLY, I have found some helpful websites which should give me a little guidance in this fowl endeavor!
For example, this one seems to give a lot of details. . . but its also a little confusing. Whole Foods provided a nice little set of tips and tricks which could come in handy on Turkey day, too. The last article I read was called “Cooking Turkey for Chickens“, which seemed pretty a propos. These will be my consultants in the impending festivities.
We’ll see how this goes. It feels a little, you know, ME v. TURKEY. Like a final showdown, but I’m not sure who will actually be the victor! Do you know what I mean? Any advice is, of course, coveted.
As far as the sides go, I’m feeling a little more confident. . . and even inspired! I just “found” this adorable turkey veggie platter plan, which I hope to execute nicely.
Actually, I already have some nice recipes that fit my Thanksgiving needs, which I am still (eek) in the process of choosing from. But if there is some lack of inspiration, I’ll always have Martha.
Suffice it to say. Sides will include the following CONTENT:
We’ll see how it all turns out! Shoot me any suggestions you might have!