There are so many things to be thankful for this year.
I spent today at my great aunt’s house, as usual, surrounded by laughing family and friends. I took 1000 pictures and drank a lot of champagne and ate more food than any one person should eat. And I just kept looking around at everyone, happy and healthy and so thrilled to be together, and thinking:
I am so lucky. I am just so, so fucking lucky.
I don’t think that often enough, but it’s true. Thanksgiving always makes me reflect on my first-world privilege and the thousand ways that I’ve been handed gifts that I never had to earn. (Which is a long post in and of itself, but it’s late and I’m exhausted, so I’ll spare you the entirety of my reflections. Suffice to say, I am humbled and grateful.)
(And this time next week, I will be snuggling up to Finn for the second night in a row – something I haven’t gotten to say for 10 weeks. So not only am I lucky, but well-loved. Again: humbled. Grateful.)
Also on the List of Things for Which I am Thankful: memories of a relaxing and in all ways wonderful weekend with Rev in DC, where I got to take over her guest room and play with her puppy and hang with her lady and her sister (both of whom I adore) and spend some sorely missed QT with Rala. I also got to spend most of a day with Grant, living it up at the Spy Museum and the Holocaust Museum – where yes, I cried – and just having fun hanging out with him somewhere other than our usual city. And, best of all, I got to be there for Rev’s actual BIRTHDAY, a feat which I don’t think I managed to accomplish in the entire 8 years we’ve known one another. For the record, it was all it was cracked up to be.
So, like I said. A lot to be thankful for.
Happy thanksgiving, friends.
**[By the by, I took the name of this post from one of my favorite childhood Thanksgiving hymns, We Gather Together. This line always rocked my little-kid-face off, and I used to sing it at the top of my lungs. I guess I really liked the idea of being on the right side of a fight. Still do, actually. Lyrics here, if you’re interested.]