This year, I must say I am feeling especially lucky. I don't know what it is -- there is just something in the universe that's hugging me right now.
And I was trying to make a mental list of all the many things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving, and there are a LOT. Clearly, I am a very. lucky. girl.
Then I put a new spin on it. I put myself in my former shoes - myself as a child or teenager - and thought again about what I was thankful for.
Here are a few things I came up with...
Facebook. I used to worry that one day, my friends and I would all go our seperate ways and I'd never talk to them again. Sometimes we know more than we need to (do I need a photo of your child's infected earlobe? No, I really don't.) but I use the ever-loving crap out of it. And if social media didn't exist, I'd probably be selling underwear at Nordstrom.
Good skin. It's not perfect, but I've been pretty lucky. High school me would be THRILLED
My job. I never thought I'd be thankful for that! Little me wanted to be a singer and actress. But big me loves what she does all the same and I get to participate in some pretty cool shit and meet some really awesome people.
Grandparents and Great-Grandparents. Because you don't become aware of how rare those can be to adults until you are one. It was really something special growing up with four grandparents AND great-grandparents. I don't remember all of them, but I cherish the thought.
Vacations with friends. I don't think a child ever understands that some day, you'll get to go out of town without mom and dad and how grown-up that really is.
Sleeping in. It's not like I never did it in high school -- in fact, I practically made a sport out of it -- but as a very busy adult, I appreciate sleep on a new level. So on the ocassional morning I do not have to be anywhere, you're likely to find me buried under the covers, shutting out the world and blisfully happy about it.
My teens. If, as a teen, you'd told me that some of my favorite people as an ADULT would be teens, I would have smacked you upside the head and been like "dude." But I cannot deny it -- I went away on a retreat last weekend with over 150 teens from across Southern California and while I'll grant you they are all amazing in their own, individual ways, I will also admit some of them are truly exceptional human beings and I adore them.
Oh, I'm thankful for the usual things. Family, friends, my health (as it is, I guess), being employed, french fries and my TiVo...
But from adult-me to little-me, I offer an especially happy turkey-day. She had no idea how great things could be at age 33; what kinds of surprises would show up to play...
And now, on this Thanksgiving, I say we drink lots of wine (WINE! Little me would TOTALLY want adult me to drink a lot of wine) and eat delicious food. :)