Thursday, November 25, 2010

Still Cynical But Always Thankful

Here I am in Lima, Ohio, home to my lovely grandmother & also the setting for "Glee." I woke up at 10:30 & missed most of the parade; now, I'm listening to my mom, grandma & aunt prepare Thanksgiving dinner, & the converstion is going something like this:

Grandma: "I feel like the turkey is my friend."
Mom: "Well... so long, friend."
Because posts titled "Thankful" are all the rage throughout the blogosphere on Thanksgiving Day, I figured I ought to join in the fun. So on this day, Thanksgiving 2010, I'm thankful...
  • that winter weather makes it acceptable for me to be a homebody.
  • that I have a boyfriend who actually wants to get up at 4a.m. to go Black Friday shopping, or at least tells me he does.
  • that my grandma bakes a mean poppyseed honey cake &, relatedly, that I don't need to be drug-tested anytime soon.
  • that my half-Jewish, half-Gentile family compromises & exchanges holiday gifts tomorrow evening.
  • that my family loves my boyfriend so much that it's even making them like me more.
  • that I still get cell phone service in the boonies of Ohio.
  • that my oversized GAP cardigan that will hide all most Thanksgiving-induced stomach bulges. And most stomach bulges that are not Thanksgiving-induced.
  • that my family no longer forces me to "just try!" the turkey. Or the stuffing. Or the rutabagas. Or anything that's not the rolls & the marshmallow salad. (Please see previous bullet point.)

And on the more serious side,
  • that I was able to quit a job that wasn't right for me without having to also start living on the streets.
  • that I can live in my mom's house while I figure my life out, even if it sometimes resembles an episode of "Hoarders" & is always at least three degrees too hot or too cold for my liking.
  • that I'm not flat broke yet. Yet.
  • that I actually do love Ohio just as much as I thought I did.
  • that I still have a handful of really truly good friends back in my hometown who I can talk to about everything from politics to Disney princesses. And of course, whatever comes between.
  • that I have more than a handful of really truly good friends in D.C. & across the country, even in foreign lands like Rwanda & Brooklyn, who I hope I always consider the best of the best.

And on an even more serious side (HOW MANY SIDES DOES THANKSGIVING HAVE?),
  • that I had the opportunity to spend three rich, happy years in the District that changed me for the better - and for good.
  • that I took it upon myself to create the opportunity to start something new, whatever it may be. And to keep changing & growing & loving & learning.
Happy Thanksgiving, kids.
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