I may complain about my pets and the trouble they cause me, but I am still thankful for them. They are happy to see me when I get home and curl up with me when it is cold at night. And they give me something to write about when my life is dull.

I’m even more thankful for my friends. I really do have great friends. And they put up with me testing their friendship by asking them to walk my dog, or do crazy things at the last minute, or just listen to me groan. And they learn to tell me when they’ve heard the same story for the sixteenth time, but let me tell it again when they know I need to. And they laugh at my jokes and ridiculous tales. They even feed me occasionally and lucky for me they are all great cooks. And they help me with my work when I get stuck. To my friends, you are amazing.

Even more than that, I am truly blessed with an amazing family. Sure, we fight like cats and dogs, but in the end there is nothing but love and admiration. My parents somehow managed to raise four incredible kids. None of us are sure how you did it, but it all worked out. Meme has always been there for us, to spoil us, to guide us. All of my extended family—aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, step-parents, sister-in-laws and their families—are always there in time of need, in time of laughter, in time of joy. And my siblings themselves—I couldn’t have asked for three more incredible people. You all are an integral part of my life and I wouldn’t be who I am without you.

So there it is. I am thankful for all of you. I’m also thankful that none of you would ever make me eat tofurkey. You can’t even imagine how grateful I am for that! ;-)


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