I am thankful for the here and now. For sun and sky. Quiet instead of chaos. Chores that don't seem a burden. Family warm and comfortable as familiar stories, favorite sweaters, and pets napping in the November sun.
I am thankful for the people in this present place. For pilgrims that journey to reconnect and reaffirm the importance of being a friend, sustaining a family, building a community. For all those who rise to the challenge of being a verb in this world, not just today, not just this weekend, but in daily affirmation.
I am thankful for traditions honored, newly created and mercifully ignored. For parades and football and turkey and stuffing. For hamburger Thanksgivings. For naps before and after. For pie, cheesecake, mousse and ice cream. For adult tables and kid tables. For folding chairs. For empty couches. For paper plates. For Grandmother's china.
I am thankful for photographs, stories, twitters, posts and statuses that mark this time. For those we laugh about today, cringe at tomorrow, and count among our most prized possessions years from now. Silent witnesses to the whos and whats and wheres of the day. Able to speak only if we tell the stories.
I am thankful for today, grateful for yesterday, and hopeful for tomorrow. For chapters written, a story in progress, and blank pages of endless possibilities. For gathering friends around me more precious than gold. For knowing where to turn in a storm. For a family that loves to live and laugh and live some more. For unsolicited advice and unconditional love.
For love, for family, for traditions and stories.
For yesterday, today and tomorrow.
For seeing and being and sustaining and building and honoring and sharing.
For the here and now. Whatever it is.
There is good.
It is good.