I may not eat turkey, but I still like Thanksgiving. First of all, there are so many other things to eat! And it’s practically National Napping Day, which is a cause I celebrate. And finally, I’m thankful for so much. Here are a few things in no particular order:
- coffee and lefse for breakfast (okay, perhaps these are in an order: the order in which they are in front of my face right now, and order of deliciousness)
- my brother for the sheer amount of inside jokes and movie quotes that make me laugh and make everyone else wonder what we’re talking about. “Bread.”
- my sister-in-law for working Thanksgiving so we can finally, maybe, all get together for Christmas
- the friends and family who helped me raise $220 for the Walk to End Hunger yesterday!
- my mom for walking with me, and then asking “how does my walking help end hunger, exactly?” That kind of blind support is love.
- My mom’s official review of the new Muppet movie: “Jason Segel’s mother should be proud!”
- The ladies who found out I was without Thanksgiving evening plans and said, “Rachel, you should come over! There will be liquor and nuns. We won’t have room for you at the big table but we can set up a kids’ table for you.”
- Great friends and their excellent families who take in strays at the last minute. And feed them too much. More mint cake please.
- My dad for driving through terrible weather last weekend to attend his first-ever Vikings game with me.
- The Minnesota Vikings for keeping me humble.
- I told you these are not in any order.
- The fact that my iTunes just started playing Protozoa’s “Zoom Zoom Zoom” from “Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century.” Why do I own that? And how could I forget I own that? Amazing.
- The fact that I can afford to have iTunes, and coffee and lefse, and access to the internet and clean water and everything so much of the world is without.
- Hands On Twin Cities for introducing me to some great local causes.
- Feed My Starving Children – and all the friends and family I’ve made go with me recently
- Not working in retail on Black Friday.
- Terrible/amazing action movies, and friends who send emails like this: “Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris are in Expendables 2. Get the f*** in line.”
- Ten years of friendship with Lacy. “Weebles Wobble…”
- Really, just all of my friends who let me be my ridiculous self and seem to like me for it. I like you, too.
- And this: “Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart
and try to love the questions themselves…
Don’t search for the answers,
which could not be given to you now,
because you would not be able to live them.
And the point is, to live everything.
Live the questions now.
Perhaps then, someday far in the future,
you will gradually, without even noticing it,
live your way into the answer.”
Rainer Maria Rilke
Happy everything to you all.