Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Giving Thanks

Today is the only day I cook.  Really cook, as in the whole meal - the turkey, sage and sausage stuffing, potatoes, veggie (corn or beans), and pies.  A couple of pies.  Aunt Grace's chocolate pie, pumpkin and peach or apple.  Jaynee makes the cranberry goop, 'cause cranberries = yuck.  And she makes the deviled eggs, 'cause Oh My Goodness = delicious.  Oh, and she makes the gravy, too, so I really don't do the WHOLE meal.  (Leave me with my delusions, please.)  So I'm thankful for the oven.  And cooking turkey bags.  And the dressing.  And the pie.  And that I no longer do dishes for 45 people, ala childhood.

Of course, Thanksgiving is about more than the food.  And the football.  It's the day when being grateful takes the forefront for everyone.  (Why does this happen only one day a year?)

This year, I'm grateful for lots. I'm employed at a job I love.  Teaching.  I have two great classes of students, who always teach me while I'm teaching them.  I'm grateful that I'm in a PhD program that will give me the chance to continue teaching.  And really grateful that I have wonderfully supportive advisors (as this is not always the case!).  Next year, I get to teach a history class for the first time. And continue teaching Women's Studies at another college.  Very grateful for the extra income this will bring!

I'm grateful for my family - Jaynee and the cats and Heather, aka the stinky dog, too.  We have a tiny house that's stuffed with lots of beads and books and dust, but most of all, love.  I'm grateful for my blood family and my chosen family.  Looking forward to spending part of this weekend with P & T, visiting from Vegas.  Missing V-squared and Aadi in Dallas, and the C-bus cohort, but comforted by happy T-day memories.

I'm grateful for time to write and bead and study and think (though doing so at 3 a.m. is not optimal to the rest of my day).  I'm glad that I can be creative in all areas of my life.  Whew.  Can't imagine doing work that did not value that.

I'm grateful for you, my readers.  While I'd probably keep on writing and posting without you (cause it's too big a part of my soul not to), I'm so happy for your presence and so honored by your comments and feedback and support.

But, apparently, the thing I am most grateful for in this post is parentheses.  (!)  That said, have a happy day!  Enjoy your life.

Nature Never Says Adieu
Nature opens its door of blessings
Round the year we receive things of our choice
Without uttering a word of appreciation for the dressing
We only think we have paid the price
And never offer thanks to the farmer who raised the crop
In the fields and trees of fruit in the orchard
Keeping us healthy to jump and hop
Animals and poultry in the farms are fostered
For our choice of food and taste of mouth
Flowers in the garden and above the hills
From east to west and north to south
Colors of nature spread beside the gills
Stones like rubies and diamonds hidden in mountains
And wealth of minerals buried at their fountains
All are countless in content and value
Nature is   bounteous and never utters adieu 

Author -Naushaba Perveen Khan