25 November 2009

I'm Thankful, But...

Thanksgiving is my second-favorite holiday. It would be my first-favorite if we got to dress up as Stormtroopers and beg for candy, but considering that it is a holiday of turkey, dressing, football, parades, and tripping on tryptophan, not to mention being quintessentially American with Puritans escaping religious persecution only to turn around and persecute others themselves, then I can get behind it and support it before Christmas and Arbor Day.

(Was that last sentence a run-on? Ish. My apologies.)

All that excess aside, we're supposed to be thankful during this holiday. And I am. But...

I'm a pessimist. For example, the margarita glass is half-empty. I saw a ton of fish on that dive, but no sharks. We're on vacation, but we have to go home in five days. I pretty much wallow in my pessimism and my over-use of the word but. I have tried, believe me, to break my but addiction.

But it's hard. I have yet to find the but-adone to cure my need for just one more hit.

So, my goal for this Thanksgiving is I'm going to be thankful for everything I have and not worry about all the half-empties, don'ts, ifs, shoulds, or buts. So, here goes:

I am thankful that my children are sweet, beautiful, healthy, and happy.

I am thankful for my husband. The Ty-man gives me unconditional love, understanding, and peace. He's been my best friend for 21 years and I'm so lucky to have him as my second half. He truly does complete me.

I am thankful that my husband's difficult and sometimes frustrating job keeps a roof over our head, clothes on our backs, and food on our table.

I am thankful that my mother lives near me and that she and my mother-in-law are here for me, to give me guidance, and help me love my children.

I am thankful for all my friends, for accepting me for who I am, loving me for all my quirks, and giving me strength.

I am thankful for the twins' wonderful Montessori teachers. Those four women who nurture my babies' minds are amazing beyond compare.

I am thankful for my health and that I'm alive and kicking, that I can do the things I love with no regrets and no guilt. That's always a good thing.

For once, I am thankful. With no buts.


Irrational Dad said...

Mind if I borrow your pessimism for the next couple days? I'll return it soon, I promise.

Hope you and yours have a great Thanksgiving with little stress. Go LIONS!!

Molly's Mom said...

The pessimist in me understands...

Good job being thankful!

Anonymous said...

This morning I realized that I have no "buts" either. I am happy for you!

Have a great Turkey Day, sweetie.

Audubon Ron said...

That was nice. No if, ands or buts about it.

Unknown said...

I've tried to break MY butt addiction, too. No luck. Wait. Did you say "Butt" or "But"? Hmmm.

Happy Thanksgiving, lovely girl. To you and yours.oupte

sybil law said...

Gah! That picture!!! LOVE it!!!!
You do have so much to be thankful for!!
Happy Thanksgiving!!

Megan said...

I think you should absolutely wear the stormtrooper outfit to Thanksgiving dinner.

You did good. Happy Thanksgiving.

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marty said...

Can I borrow the stormtrooper outfit? I think people would have more respect for me.

Lynda said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Who says you can't put on a Stormtrooper outfit and bet for candy on Thanksgiving. Give it a try.

hello haha narf said...

would you bring your family to pittsburgh next year for thanksgiving if i promised you could wear the stormtrooper costume?

LOVE that photo. too adorable!

and i am glad you are thankful. with no buts. :)

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Not Afraid to Use It said...

I'm grateful for you. Having a gyn exam buddy is priceless. :)

Patois42 said...

I'm glad you're at a place with no buts.

Michael from dadcation.com said...

Y'all are already raking leaves up there? I'm totally waiting til there aren't any more in the trees that can fall.

Glad your Thanksgiving attitude was good.

Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

Joe - You can soooo borrow my pessimism. Ish.

Molly's Mom - Glad there's more than me. :) We should totally start a Pessimists' Club to counteract the Optimists' Club. Hee hee!

Hilly - Thanks, darlin'!

Audubon Ron - Thanks, hon!

LceeL - Hey, there's nothing wrong with a "butt" addiction. As long as there's no grabbing. ;P

Sybil Law - Isn't it awesome?

Finn - You know, the family probably would have finally kicked me to the curb had I worn it. I think they're looking for any excuse at this point. ;)

Avitable - I am thankful for my posterior.

Marty - You can totally borrow it. As long as you wear it with your Elvis wig.

Lynda - I should.

Hello Haha Narf - I would so totally bring the fam up there.

NATUI - It is. Very priceless. :)

Patois - Me, too.

Muskrat - Yup. We have a river birch. Fucker sheds leaves all year long. GAH!