As I choke down a fairly horrible protein drink it's easy to reminisce back to the incredible feast of yester-Thursday. Mashed potatoes, gravy, glazed carrots, brussels sprouts, creamed spinach, rolls, Turk'y roast... Oh yeah, this meal was delish and vegetarian.
What the what?! Who ever heard of vegetarian Thanksgiving?! We have a pretty awesome family for going [almost] full veg on a day that's literally centered around eating meat. To be fair there were only 7 of us (including the toddler) and 2 of the seven ate steak... And they were having "real" Thanksgiving on Sunday... But hey, we take what we can get, and we got awesome food and an awesome day.
To be honest, I wasn't super stoked for Thanksgiving this year. It was the first time in ages that we didn't have a huge get together including both Troy's and my family. I love that our families get along so well, and was bummed to find out that so many folks had made other arrangements this year (his dad and stepmom were traveling out of the state, his mom was at the coast, even my Nana had somewhere else to be!). For a minute I thought we wouldn't do anything at all and it would be just another week day. Luckily my mom assembled the stragglers and we ended up having a super fun evening of music, games, and simply enjoying each other's company.
It almost goes without saying, I have a ton to be thankful for. In general, I am thankful for the ingenuity of the human race. Yeah, we could totes use some refining, but I'm so proud of where we have gotten to as a species; the technology we have created is astounding. Everyday I spend my time transferring between one climate controlled environment to another, in my incredibly fast moving vehicle, with my mini-computer forever by my side. Plumbing, filtered water, video games, domesticated animals, medicine, grocery stores where I can find just about any food in the world cheaply and quickly... All this shit is amazing. And yeah, most of the time I yell at traffic, absentmindedly take 20 minute showers, and have a glazed stare going through the aisles at Trader Joe's, but right in this moment, I'm so appreciative of the inventors, scientists, engineers, and parents who have made this all possible.
Personally, I'm thankful I survived the year. Sleep deprivation, mild depression, physical healing from child birth, emotional over-sensitivity to everything - it was tough. I'd do it again to have Roman, and there are a million worse things that people live through, but it was my hardest year yet. I'm incredibly thankful to myself for persevering, and for coming out the other side stronger and wiser than ever. I couldn't have done that without a supportive partner, though, and am filled with gratitude towards my husband. I'm also beyond grateful and relieved that our baby made it through his first year with no major illnesses, injuries or fatalities. Between SIDS, an immature immune system, being so delicate, and not being able to make good choices year 0 is a super dangerous year. Yet every day he thrives, and every day I count my lucky pennies for that!
What kinda stuff are you thankful for, Stranger? (I know no one else has asked you recently).