Thanks

imageI started off with the reverent title “For This I Give Thanks” but as soon as I started typing, I knew where this post was actually heading. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and it seems like a good thing to write about, but I have a tendency to miss the mark as it were when I get serious about things. Add to that the fact that after almost 6 decades on the planet, I’ve compiled way more stuff too be thankful for than you imagewant to read about. Oh wait, other bloggers tell me to remember that I’m not writing this for you, I’m writing this for me – ok, I’m thankful for that.

I’m also thankful for my mom. She doesn’t have a computer, doesn’t read my blog, but if I didn’t thank her, someone might say:

“I read your son’s blog on Thanksgiving, and he didn’t mention you at all”

and that would be a bad day. Besides, she did do all that mom-stuff like giving birth and feeding me. I’m really thankful for my wife though – she had a choice. She has fed me, clothed me (as in not letting me leave the house looking ridiculous) and taken care me and the myriad details of life that I would probably ignore. She gave birth to our daughter, and although I had a role in that process, I think she worked harder. She’s upstairs right now tending to our 3-month-old Irish Setter and having someone that is willing to do that is having something to be thankful for. Our daughter provides us lots of reasons to be thankful. She isn’t an ax-murderer, she works hard, she’s smart, creative and beautiful and she seems happy. I recently reminded someone that parents really only want their children to be happy.

I am thankful for the people who have guided me during my life, but I can’t list them all here. In fact, as I look at my notes, I don’t plan on even thanking them in the same article. There are too many to thank all at once. I’ll mention my father and his mother – I’ve mentioned them before – but the rest will have to wait until I’m ready. Once again, I’m not writing this for them. I guess the fact that I have so many people to thank is a blessing in and of itself, a bit of a meta-blessing but I’m a geek so meta works.

I am also just thankful to be here, as in alive. 2013 has been a bad year. Many people that I know have died this year. I can’t write about them either. For some, it isn’t my place to write about them. For the ones where I might be able to claim a foothold in the line to praise them, I don’t know where to begin. I’ll keep those thoughts to myself, share them with family (whom I’m also thankful for) and probably never share them here, at least not directly. Those people show up here as “a friend and I once…” and “a woman once told me…”You won’t know the reference but that’s ok; remember…not writing this for you.

On the other hand, I am thankful for you! Yes, although I don’t write this blog to attract readers, I don’t try to guess where you want me to go and I wouldn’t change a thing because you said I should; I am glad you’re here. I have met some kindred spirits through this community and I am happy that I have. I have met some people I wouldn’t have thought I would like to “follow” but I do follow them. I have met some people here that I hope to meet someday in person.

I am thankful for the evolution of technology that has made this possible. When I was in my 20’s, I tried writing a few times. I wrote a few Op-Ed columns for a college newspaper and I wrote some awful short stories that I thought should have been published. I took a couple of writing classes but they emphasized “understanding your audience” and that never made sense to me. I bought a used drafting table, a drafting stool and a bunch of notebooks, but it never really worked. Smart phones, tablets, Evernote and my trusty laptop have actually given me the means to focus on this lifelong goal of mine. WordPress has given me the platform on which to write and brought me into the community of like-minded souls. As my Thanksgiving gift to you, I’ll end this in less than 800 words, a goal I keep but one I usually fall short of accomplishing.

Happy Thanksgiving!

About Dan Antion

Husband, father, woodworker, cyclist, photographer, geek - oh wait, I’m writing this like I only have 140 characters. I am all those things, and more, and all of these passions present me with opportunities to observe, and think about things that I can’t write about in other places. I have started this blog to catch the stuff that falls out, overflows and just plain doesn’t fit the other containers in my life.
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19 Responses to Thanks

  1. Dan Antion says:

    One thing I am thankful for is farmers. It doesn’t matter if they are small farmers like the folks at Trinity Farm in Enfield, CT where we buy milk and other dairy products, or large farmers like the guy running the combine through a field of Soybeans in Iowa. These are the people feeding us today, and most people don’t thank them enough. You can follow Trinity Farms on Facebook

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  2. I’m thankful that I have the opportunity to read this well written post! Like you, I am am thankful that I am here. Each day with which we are blessed is a gift and I am grateful for the gift of each day.

    A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  3. nickwallen says:

    I must admit we could do with a day in New Zealand dedicated to thanking others. There’s so much I’m thankful for here but never take the time to REALLY show appreciation.

    I’m thankful that you take the time to post and keen me entertained and thinking differently.

    For a while, after listening to Brits moan about the weather and trains each day in the UK, I thought we could do with an online tool for registering 10 things you wish would change. Better use might be a 10 things you’re thankful for. Now to get Hershey’s or Ben and Jerry’s to sponsor a reward…

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Of course I forget the fact that other countries don’t celebrate this day. Since you mentioned learning more about other countries and languages, I tend to point out that CT = the state of Connecticut in the US, but I forgot to say that “we are celebrating Thanksgiving” – so much to learn. Thanks Nick!

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  4. John Hric says:

    Dan, Using Thanksgiving logic ( with gravy on it no doubt ) I must interject ( and certainly not baste ) that you omitted welcoming your self for all of those thanks. now if i could just type like someone with 8 fingers instead of 10 thumbs we would already be done. we all have much to be thankful. and like your post it is most important we each realize this. enjoy the family. enjoy the feast. enjoy the day. and thank you for your post.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Thanks John. Your blog is certainly among those I would never have thought I would follow, but I really like it. I love the pictures, I like learning the bits of information you put out there and I look forward to seeing day lilies in my inbox.

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  5. Happy Thanksgiving Dan! I am thankful we have reconnected.

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  6. Well said indeed. Thank YOU for sharing, for your fun and meaningful perspectives, and, not in the least, for your friendship!

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  7. jolynnpowers says:

    Dan, Thank you! I really enjoy your blog and your insights into you life in CT…. feel as those we have been nieghbors or friends for a longtime…. Happy Thanksgiving my friend! now if I could just get time to write myself… deer season is here and I just over whelmed with all the blessings

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  8. Dan Hennessy says:

    I’ll add my Happy Thanksgiving wishes , too . Thanks for the thoughtful blog . I enjoy reading it .

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  9. Dan Antion says:

    I still enjoy writing it, so I guess it works – thanks!

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  10. katebortell says:

    I just love your Thanks post. Honest and interesting stuff. Very jealous over your Irish setter. Looking forward to more.

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  11. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks! Most recent photo of Maddie is on flickr – http://flic.kr/p/hC2mkD

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  12. Great post, Dan, Thanks for sharing. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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