Thanks, Grazie, Gracias, Merci, Danke

Ahhh. I’ve waited 364 days for today – my most favorite holiday, Thanksgiving.  It has two of my favorite things – family and food. Not just any food, roast turkey and the all-important trimmings…sweet potatoes, stuffing, potato gratin, pumpkin everything…mmm. And not just any family, it’s the extended family you don’t often get to see, but get to spend several hours with in a food coma.  For those of you who don’t know, I most often spend this particular dinner with my aunt and uncle at their house with 20 or so of our closest relatives and the occasional straggler, eating and drinking until we bust, then spending the rest of the evening watching or listening to something Beatles-related. It is never fancy, the food is always delicious and the conversation is boisterous. To me — it is perfect. 

This year is a little different though, as I now have a little person to bring along with me and Evan to the party as opposed to being hugely pregnant like last year, and only a party of 2. Beyond the obvious questions — (will she do her crazy cry if Buddy the cockatoo does his crazy, ear-splitting squawk? Will the number and volume of people overwhelm her? Will she poop out before my sister gets there with the pumpkin crack? Will I get to eat anything while it is still hot?) — I asked myself what am I truly thankful for this year and there are many things.  So despite what every major news outlet reports, it’s really not all bad.  In fact, here are some of the things (significant and not) on my list of “things I’m thankful for”…feel free to comment and add some of your own 🙂

My close family – my healthy, beautiful, darling daughter and my wonderful husband (who has, as I figured, turned out to be a great daddy)

My not-so and extended family – especially my mother and sister whom I only wish I could see more

My friends – though I may have been distracted this year by a pint-sized, blue-eyed pooping machine, they still talk to me and forget the fact that most of the time, it is them having to call me and not the other way around in order to keep in touch

Being able to stay home with Maya – and especially in this economy, it has been an interesting adjustment, but one that is best for Maya and my family as a whole

My body and its overall decent health – it has done some things in the last year I never thought it could. Kudos to it.

Our President and his family – for carrying themselves with grace through their first two years in office, and especially to the President for being willing to take on the mess he inherited (AND for the decent job he has done so far)

Maggy Maid – sometimes, I just can’t get to cleaning. Plus, I’d much rather play with Maya. Or if she’s sleeping, have some “me” time.

Bruno Mars – I love a well-crafted pop song  with which I can sing loudly and to which I can dance happily with my daughter. “When I see your faaace, there’s not a thing that I would change, because you’re amazing, just the way you are…”

Glee – Yes, a few episodes this season have been weak, but I’m still a Gleek.

Modern Family – The sitcom has returned. Updated, and funny as hell. Eric Stonestreet is absolutely hilarious.

Crisp Fall Weather  – what is better than taking an afternoon walk for an hour, not being sweaty when you return, and enjoying the colors of the trees while you are out? Not to mention, the sound of Maya’s pirate talk as she observes her surroundings.

TiVo – I once was lost, and now I see…the value in this ridiculous piece of technology…I’m sorry I was against you in your early stages!

Our apartment – it’s not a house, but it’s our home. And until we find the property for us (and the money to buy it without being house poor), it will do.

That’s it for now….please have a happy and safe Thanksgiving and don’t forget to undo the top button before you sit down to dinner!

By Joy

I'm 42, a remarried mom of an 8 year old girl and a toddler son, a teacher, and a writer. People tell me I tend to be brutally honest and ...tell it like it is, so I had hoped to use this outlet to keep me sane while I got used to my new life as a stay-at-home Mom back when I was home with my worked. And it's been therapeutic through the end of a marriage and the emergence of me...


  1. I am most thankful for the continued health of my 2 darling daughters, their wonderful spouses, my doting husband and my brand new grandbaby Miss Maya!

    1. I am sooooo thankful for my incredible wife, my amazing soon to be 11 month old daughter and both my immediate and extended family. I really couldn’t ask for a better group of people to share my life with. I love you all. 🙂

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