There are so many things in this life to be thankful for. I think I’m afraid to try and list them all for fear of jinxing myself.
I have a hilarious and supportive family, my health is good (well, chronic DVT isn’t super healthy, but still, alive despite that, so counting it!). I have peace, food and shelter. The basics are definitely more than covered.
This Thanksgiving weekend as I thought about the past year’s tribulations and triumphs and mulled over the things I have to be grateful for, one lovely face after another flickered past my mind’s eye.
Over the past year following the most confusing, heartbreaking and drawn-out breakup I’ve ever experienced, my friends have proved time and time again to be an incredible source of love, strength and support.
So, this year, they are what I’m grateful for.
For Emma, who immediately felt the fury I was too stunned and sad to feel. And who masterminded this hilarious little bit of magic to boot.
For Red, who had the misfortune of picking up the phone weeks after my breakup to hear me, her most dry-eyed, stiff upper-lipped friend, plead: “Hey, can you talk to me? I can’t seem to stop crying. I don’t know what to do.” and who talked to me and made me laugh until my chest loosened enough for sleep.
For my West Coast pal, who promised to have her kicking boots ready, should she encounter my ex-fiance in her travels.
For my cousin, who sat down with a pencil and paper to try to puzzle out with me what the hell had happened, and who shared more sage and helpful advice than she has any right to possess at her age. Dear old soul.
For Sam, who eagerly adopted the role of personal cheerleader, and whose extremely gentle threats towards anyone who might dare to break my heart always crack me up.
For Emily, who would not allow me to feel stupid or at fault for believing in love and magic and my own intuition and who was so empathetic that her dreams cooked up revenge for me.
For every one of you that took the time to check in and see how I was doing, who sent a kind word, held my hand, bought me a drink, listened, distracted or made me laugh.
Because of you, I am just fine.
And that’s definitely something to be thankful for.