It all starts with…

“Let’s go around the table and say what we’re thankful for”

The classic mom move (this is a lot like her standard let’s go around the table and say your favorite thing about me on her birthday). Family for 200, home for 300, food for 400, the fact that no one is unacceptably intoxicated at the dinner table for 500. All of the classics are the first to go.

I decided to go with the timeless “I’m thankful for all of you and that Bruce surpassed all expectations and made it through another holiday” (taking bets on whether or not he makes it to Christmas, hit me up if you want in)

An easy out plus points with the relatives for Libs. And maybe Bruce will like me more now. Probably not.

But as I sit by the fire tonight reflecting, (I’m only doing this because I couldn’t decide on a Netflix show to watch) I realize that there’s a lot more to be thankful for beyond the big stuff. We tend to try to cover all the bases with these broad things but when you start being grateful for even the smallest of things this day becomes just that much better.

To name a few…

I’m thankful that I never won the Star Tribune’s “Oh you Turkey” coloring contest because I never wanted to anyways. I’m thankful for the bowl cut my mom made me have when I was little –they always say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Or maybe it’s more like being mistaken for a boy as a child makes you stronger. I don’t know. I’m thankful for the phrase “the greatest thing since sliced bread” because since I’m gluten free this makes a lot of things the greatest. I’m thankful that its 0 degrees out here because well I really don’t know. I’m thankful that I got to hold down the fort at the kid’s table for yet another year while still drinking wine. The definition of the best of both worlds.

All in all, we have a lot to be grateful for this year whether it’s big or small. So happy thanksgiving friends, I’m thankful for you guys reading this and pretending you think I have important things to say or whatever.

Until who knows when,


PS maybe I am still a little bitter about never winning that contest. For all you kids going to bed tonight thinking you nailed it… sorry but you’ll probably never win, but one day you’ll be thankful for it, I swear (Star Trib if you’re reading this look back to the 2003 entries, mine was the harry potter themed one, I’ll still accept a cash prize)


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