(and also a day late ;))

I kind of love Thanksgiving, even though here in the UK it passes by pretty much unnoticed. What can I say, having American grandparents makes me feel a kinship with the festival! I also think it’s an important time to focus, and truly be thankful for what we have. In my classes this week, my boys and I have been writing about what we are thankful for, and their pieces are so sweet and thoughtful.

As for me…

….I am all too aware that I have about eleventy million things to be thankful for.

I’m thankful for living in the current time, in the place where I live. A time where I’m free to learn and live and worship as I wish to, in a place which is relatively safe, a land of plenty. I’m also so thankful to be living in London – this time a year ago this seemed like an impossible dream!

I am thankful for my health and my passions. I am thankful that every day I wake up and there is always some fun on the horizon, or a challenge to meet, or something to do.

I am thankful for Matthew, a man who loves me despite my many flaws and foibles. A man who is clever and kind and handsome and giving, who brings me lemsip when I’m ill, who has a never ending supply of cuddles, and who brightens my every day. There was a time where I’d all but given up on ever finding someone to love who would love me, and I am so thankful that somehow I found my badger.

I am thankful for my family. We may be quirky, and heaven knows we have had some tough times, but I love my family to pieces. I am so thankful for the time we spend together, and for the letters, emails, texts and calls that keep us caught up across the miles.

I am thankful for my friends. I am so very blessed to have a cast of such awesomeness around me, and love the beauty, love and wonderfulness they bring to my life. Few girls can be as lucky as I, surely? 🙂 My friends give so much joy to me – I can only hope that I am anywhere near as positive an influence in their lives.

I am thankful for my job, and my lovely class of boys. How fortunate to have a job which makes me laugh, stretches me intellectually, makes me think, and keeps me on my toes. I love coming to work (even if I don’t always love the 6 am alarm!). I know how lucky I am.

And I am thankful for myriad other things too….I am thankful for cups of coffee, for long cool drinks, for healthy nourishing food. I am thankful for afternoon naps and late night chats and still mornings. I am thankful for books and music and film. I am thankful for daydreams, and time to bake cupcakes, and the month of December. I am thankful for blogging, and new pyjamas, and Stephen Fry. I am thankful for The Daily Show and Christmas and Lego. I am thankful for Sam cat and Dave the tree and tomorrow.

And last, but not least, I am thankful for you guys – anyone who’s ever read my blog, or emailed me, or commented. What a wonderful thing, to create this web of friends and bloggers, over continents and oceans.

(Belated) Happy Thanksgiving!

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  1. Siobhan
    27th November 2009 / 1:12 pm

    You are an exceptionally positive influence on my life Miss. And this is a lovely post.xx

  2. Sparkling Red
    27th November 2009 / 9:11 pm

    I can honestly say that you are one of the most grateful people I know, all the time. I'm grateful for that! 🙂

  3. Wiwille
    27th November 2009 / 11:16 pm

    And we're thankful for Country Mouse in the City.

  4. Riot Kitty
    27th November 2009 / 11:57 pm

    Eleventy million! I love it.

  5. Lil Red
    28th November 2009 / 5:08 pm

    You have a beautiful list and your enthusiasm is contagious! I'm thankful for the way you write, the stories that you share and the photos that you post…and for being a great blogger buddy! You're one of my favorites!! 🙂

  6. Miss Ash
    29th November 2009 / 12:22 am

    My friend is currenty living in London but she's oringinally from over here. She made herself a pumpkin pie to celebrate Thanksgiving!

  7. Jenna
    4th December 2009 / 1:08 am

    Loved it! Thanks for sharing!!

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