That's all it takes to transform a person, to change their life, to make them thankful for things that are completely different than whatever they were thankful for before. As always I am thankful for my family. Dustfinger, Urchin and Taran are all great. The plan is that they all outshine me in every way and one day I get to say that I'm related to them. I honestly can't wait. They're wonderful (and highly entertaining.)
But what I am most thankful for this Thanksgiving are my friends.
It's so strange to think I only know these people for a year. Some even less than that! Hitman I first recall meeting at the Rav Documentary showing. That would have been sometime around February 4 last year. How can I feel so strongly for people whom I know for such a short space of time? And how was I blessed to meet such amazing people? I am also amazed by the different circles of which I am lucky enough to be a part. It often occurs to me that if the different people I know were all placed within one room, they would shortly come to blows.
How strange this is for someone who used to be so impossibly shy! It cracks me up a little, remembering the statement of my sixth grade teacher on my report card. She informed my parents that I did not have social skills (and basically predicted that I would be sad and lonely all my life.) It's wonderful that I can laugh about this now! Amusing how teachers often predict incorrectly, whether it be one's social skills or one's writing skills. I'm sure they would be glad to know how wrong they were.
To have people who care to know how you are, who wish you well and want all the best for you, who love you and value your thoughts, who act in completely unexpected and wonderful ways in order to enrich your day...to have such people is to be blessed. As I am blessed.
So thank you to my friends. Thank you for everything you give, for your love, respect, forgiveness and kindness. I think about you constantly; you mean the very world to me. Thanks is such an inadequate term, but sometimes words limit us, so you will have to imagine the extent to which I mean this. It is you, your ideas and feelings and thoughts, that encompass my world.