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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