11.27.14 – And We Give Thanks

By JT Ellison

A friend wrote me yesterday asking for a few sentences on what I’m grateful for this Thanksgiving. I dutifully gave her my list, which I assume is similar in nature to most others. Family, friends, gifts, etc.

But there are a lot of things in this world I am thankful for this year. So, in no particular order, a (non)exhaustive list.

  • Writer friends who let me whine and buy me wine
  • Non-writer friends who look at me like I’m insane, or brilliant, or both
  • Parents who are living, healthy, still married and rather fun to be with
  • Carmex. Enough said.
  • Those little fur mice that my cats adore; it’s so nice to find them wet and soggy underfoot in the mornings
  • Earl Grey tea
  • A husband who unloads the dishwasher and makes tea for me in the morning
  • My MacBook Air
  • Being surrounded by professionals who have my best interest at heart
  • The love of strangers
  • Progressive lenses
  • The freedom to pursue my dreams
  • The people who fight for me so I can pursue my dreams
  • And stories. Thank God for stories.
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram – no, really.
  • Pinterest – and this one is special, because, you know, VISION BOARDS!
  • Hot showers on cold days
  • Warm crackly fires
  • The dust that rises in a poof when you open an old book long on the shelf (not to be seen as a commentary on my housekeeping skills)
  • Laughter
  • Smiling
  • Rembrandt tooth whitening toothpaste
  • Creme de la Mer
  • Birkenstocks
  • Boots and skinny jeans and leggings
  • 80s music aka “First Wave” on Sirius XM
  • The Clash
  • That I’ve been given a gift, and the ability to share it with others
  • My very old Coach dayplanner cover that fits my new Quo Vadis Exaclaire Journal 21 perfectly
  • Amazon Prime
  • Indie bookstores
  • Inappropriate movies
  • Harry Potter
  • Cameras
  • Advil – All. Those. Bookshelves.
  • Diamonds
  • Cashmere
  • Hot baths
  • The moment when you start reading a book and realize it’s going to be a brilliant ride
  • Pillow forts
  • Kittens
  • Ghost kittens
  • That article in the Daily Mail that suggested I lay off wheat (adios, 15 pounds this year)
  • Gluten-free pie crusts
  • Stevia
  • YOGA!
  • That my body still does the things I ask of it
  • Redecorating to address needs. Like a yoga room. And more bookshelves.
  • Did I mention the best husband in the world?
  • Cowriters
  • Those awesome little cloths that actually clean your glasses
  • Kind Bars
  • iPads
  • Rainy days in Paris

You get the idea. I could go on and on. But entirely non-irreverently, I am so very thankful for you. For coming here, and reading, and cheering on, and all that. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

What are you thankful for today?

Via: JT Ellison


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