I love Thanksgiving. Everything about it.
I love the food…and boy, is there a lot of it! My family is Dutch, which means lots of family traditions. This extends to our holiday food: turkey, mashed potatoes with corn and gravy, my aunt’s famous sweet potato casserole, peas and carrots, cranberry jello, and more. And that’s not to mention the pie!
I also love time with extended family—time to drink coffee and catch up, to laugh, to play games, to watch football, to sit by the fire and relax.
As I sit by the fire tonight and listen to my family swap stories and the occasional “Remember when…?”, I think over the year and all of the opportunities to be thankful.
Here are a few. I am thankful for…
- Family and friends – at the risk of sounding cliche, where would I be without them?
- Travel – Rome, Ecuador, New York, Washington, California. What a year!
- Teaching – every day is an adventure, and every day offers new opportunities!
- Books – both professional reading and pleasure reading (and judging by the stack of finished books from Thanksgiving break, I’ve done a fair amount of both this break!).
- Sports and the outdoors – soccer and running are daily outlets, and living in Colorado means endless opportunities to explore.
- Colleagues – I am so thankful for the people I work with…the encouragement, collaboration, conversations, leadership, and laughter.
- Sunshine – the occasional rainy day is nice, but sunny days bring such joy.
- Learning – from Twitter to blog posts delivered to my email to the seemingly endless stack of to-be-read professional texts by my bed, the learning never stops!
And there are more…but for now, cranberry-raspberry pie is calling my name! Happy Thanksgiving!