November 22, 2011
Every year Mia makes us all cut out leaves and trees out of colored paper. Every Thanksgiving before we devour our Thanksgiving dinner, we break them out and write what we're thankful for on each leaf. Then we glue them to our trees. They're our Thankful Trees.
I've decided that I shouldn't be caught without a few ideas in my back pocket on Thursday. I've come up with a list.
I'm thankful for:
Beer. Yeah, I sure do like beer. You can have your wine, fancy drinks with umbrellas and medicinal brown drinks that taste like you did something bad to deserve drinking something so awful and give me beer any day.
Music. Life would suck without music. And it would be a whole lot quieter. I'm especially thankful for insanely long progressive rock pieces that would drive most of you insane and give you ample cause to doubt my musical tastes. But I like it all, or at least most of it - old-fashioned rock and roll, British invasion, art-pop, arena rock, 80's guilty pleasures, power ballads and metal. Give me a world with shitty music over a world with no music any day.
Books. Music and books go hand in hand...not literally because I can't really read and listen to music at the same time. Maybe I'm just not bright enough to do both simultaneously. Books - in their electronic or old-school paper form - are pretty awesome. Imagine, there's this little thing that you can become completely and utterly lost in. The power is amazing. Give me a book and a quiet room and I'm a happy guy.
Technology. Our wired world is a little overwhelming. We're probably all too connected and one day we'll figure out the balance. But even though we're a generation with noses buried in cell phones, it's a pretty awesome time to be alive. And I can only imagine what technology will bring five or ten years down the road.
A job. Speaking of technology, I wouldn't have a good job without it. Not everyone has a job right now. I'm thankful for mine and the quality of life it affords me and my family.
America. I'm a little cynical when it comes to our country and politics but I have absolutely no doubt that this is the greatest country in the world. I could have been born a citizen of any corner of the globe but I was born a citizen of this country. We have issues, yeah, and sometimes seem to proud (or stupid) to resolve them but if anyone can, it's us.
Family. There is absolutely nothing I am more thankful for than my family and nothing I cannot do without their support and love. It's been a tough year for us. We've had to say some goodbyes and that's hurt. I am so very thankful for Beth, Mia and Owen not to mention my immediate and extended family who often drive me batshit crazy but only because they love me and I love them.
I'm taking a couple of days off to kick back, hang with all the things I'm thankful for and enjoy the holiday. I am, of course, thankful for all of you. After so many years, you still read, still take the time to comment or drop me an email, and share your thoughts. I sincerely hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
What's on your Thankful Tree?Posted by Chris at November 22, 2011 7:51 AM