I had hoped to have a wonderful, thoughtful post prepared for Thanksgiving. I wanted to list the five or the ten things for which I am grateful. There are so many things to be thankful for today. If I dive right in it may make sense even without much preparation.
1. I am grateful for the wonderful people in my life. Ralph, my sister Ele, my sweet nephew, Michael, my friends Gail and Alice. I am grateful for Ralph’s family too. I have grandchildren because of Ralph and it is a wonderful gift. I am grateful for Ralph’s sisters, especially Maddie, my biggest cheerleader next to my own sister.
2. I am thankful for my good health. I am thankful for what I’ve learned from the Weight Watchers program. Through this I have been able to reach and maintain this level of health.
3. I am thankful to all of you who come to read Broken Cookies Don’t Count each day and to share your thoughts and your lives with me. I feel I have an even wider circle of people for whom I must be thankful. You have all made me feel that what I do here has meaning. Even when I have a hard time expressing what I want to say, as is the case today.
4. I am thankful for the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). On November 1, I started on a project that at that time was a whim which I thought was an impossible goal. To write a 50,000 word novel in thirty days. I never thought I could complete it by November 30 but I was willing to give it a try. As of yesterday November 23, I have completed 50,076 words.
I can’t believe I have gotten to the goal and a week early. I’m not bragging, I’m as stunned as you are. It’s funny, considering all that I need to do today because of the holiday and the fact that I don’t need to write today, my fingers are itching to continue. Is it a finished novel? Not by the stretch of anyone’s imagination. But it is so much more than what I started with. I’m going to continue writing. I can’t post it to the NaNoWriMo site until Friday so I might as well keep at it. I do intend to continue working on it beyond that. Will this be the first novel I attempt to publish? Probably not, but I’ve learned so much from it. Most of all, I’ve learned not to be afraid of a blank page and a challenge. I know now that when I set my mind to it, I can do it.
There are so many other things for which I am thankful.
And Sunsets in New Mexico. We’ll be there soon.
The incredible Fall we’ve had here in New Jersey.
I am a very lucky person. I am grateful for so many things. As I think about it, I don’t think I have to tell you all what I’m grateful for. I tell you every day.
So Thanks to all of you out there in the world of Blogs and those of you who still aren’t quite sure where all of this is coming from. It doesn’t matter, you all enrich my life. Thank you.