A Month of Thanks (Part 2)

When you sit back and think of what you have to be thankful for, it can be overwhelming because there is so much every day to see as a blessing, no matter how big or small. Like so many others, I continue to have much to appreciate.

November 8—I am thankful that I have been given more opportunities to read to children and present Oh Brother!: A Nico and Tugger Tale to them. Many wonderful people in my life are helping me get these chances. Thank you!

November 9—I am grateful that my parents taught me the importance of working hard for something. Now that I am older I can appreciate that lesson fully.

November 10—I am grateful for rhyming dictionaries. When you write a book that rhymes, one comes in handy.

November 11—I am grateful to the men and women who have served or who have served for our country’s freedom. These men (including my dad, grandfathers, and uncles) and women are true heroes.

November 12—I am grateful to have been raised by a strong woman, who set an example for my sister and me. Sure, we poke fun at my mom at times (OK, a lot of times), but we love her for who she is and all that she does.

November 13—I am grateful for the kind word or smile, especially those on a day when I am down.

November 14—I am grateful for two dogs that amuse me on a daily basis. As my dad says, they are my “bread and butter” now, but they are much more than that to me. Sometimes a lick on the face is all it takes to turn a bad mood into a good one. When they puke on carpeting I am not as amused with them, though.

Are you using this time of year to think about all for which you have to give thanks?

So, until next time…

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A Month of Thanks (Part 1)

I have been inspired by friends on Facebook who take each day in November to mention something for which they are thankful. I have always said I was going to follow suit, but never did. Although it’s already November 7, I am going to list things I am grateful for here. Thank you for indulging me with this.

November 1—As a resident of New Jersey, I am grateful that my loved ones were not impacted too much by Hurricane (or Superstorm) Sandy. Yes, some of us lost power, but none of us lost our homes, our possessions, or our loved ones.

November 2—I am grateful for loving and supportive family members and friends. Whatever I do or don’t do correctly, I know a lot of people have my back. I am so thankful that God (I am going with God because I believe in a supreme being; I hope I have not offended anyone with that) put these people in my life.

November 3—I am grateful that I had a chance to publish my first, and hopefully not my last, book, Oh Brother!: A Nico and Tugger Tale. I am even more grateful that so many people have supported me through this endeavor. I must give a special thanks to my dad, who bought 50 copies of the book. That floored me and totally warmed my heart.

November 4—I appreciate that my mom seems to be starting up a tradition of Sunday dinners so we can all catch up with each other if we haven’t called or texted each other multiple times during the week. I also like that I can use the amusing, and sometimes strange, dinner conversations for dialog/character development in the novel I am toying with writing.

November 5—I am grateful for Facebook because it allowed me to connect with so many people who I lost track of not for any other reason than life got in the way. Reconnecting with so many has made me remember not to take friendship for granted.

November 6—I am grateful for the chance to do my first reading EVER at a preschool. The children and the teachers were so fun and welcoming! I even enjoyed being serenaded (with a dance) to a Justin Bieber song. (I must return to introduce this little boy who performed for me to Bon Jovi…)

November 7—I am grateful to live in a nation where we are allowed many choices and luxuries that many other places do not have. America isn’t perfect, but it’s the perfect place for me.

What kinds of things are you grateful for?

So, until next time…

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