As I sat down to write this year’s Thanksgiving post, I realised I couldn’t say it better than I did last year. Excuse the re-post, but the sentiment still holds true:

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.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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  1. His Doorkeeper
    25th November 2010 / 7:52 pm

    Claire, Happy Thanksgiving to you too!Hope your weather is much nicer over there than it is here today….cold and rainy!We do have so much to be thankful for! Blessings!

  2. Riot Kitty
    25th November 2010 / 10:41 pm

    I am thankful that there are people like you in the world making it a better place for everyone else. Happy Thanksgiving!! 🙂

  3. Jen
    28th November 2010 / 2:16 am

    🙂 Happy Thanksgiving Claire!

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