I 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 want 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.