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Well, now that Thanksgiving dinner has been made and consumed (I'm soooo looking forward to the lentil soup made from the lamb bone, and having leftover sweet potatoes at lunch tomorrow) it's time to wish all of you living here in the States a happy Thanksgiving, and some of you out there a happy Hanukkah. I hope that your day was rich with blessings.

As always, I am thankful to live here in Vermont where other people vacation. I am thankful for the families that raised me, and the family that raised my husband. Mine were intelligent, gentle, kind, and perceptive with a love of music, books, languages, literature, and travel. His are a passionate and welcoming group with a wide range of interests, a zest for games of all sorts, and a wonderful sense of inquiry and a persistent desire to reach a consensus on a win-win arrangement for every problem. I am thankful to have been granted a life where just when I'm trying to figure out how to turn my lemons into lemonade, somehow I find they've become lemon meringue pie while I wasn't paying attention. I seem to be lucky that way. This afternoon I was enormously thankful for the warmth of the woodstove after a very bracingly chilly five miles of exercise!

This year I have been especially glad for all the old friends I have rediscovered through social media, the acquaintances that I've made connections with that we never would have made back when we were young, and trapped behind the defensive walls of our teenage and young adult insecurities, and for the new people who have set up home in my heart. You bring your interests, your passions, and your experiences into my day, and I am much the richer for it. And finally, here or there, some of you have said from time to time that some words or ideas that I have shared have brightened your day or eased a trouble for a time. That means a great deal to me, because with the karma I've had in my life so far, I'd better be building some great store of karma for the future, so I don't spend it all in one place! Seriously, one and all, I invite you all to share metaphorically in my bounty, and to receive my thanks. You are part of what makes it such a glorious journey.

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wanderingsmith
Nov. 29th, 2013 04:22 am (UTC)
{hug}
-breaks off piece of crust from meringue pie-

:) I looked at the snow outside hte work windows and wondered if my parents still ave my old Xcountry skis. 5 miles of farmland, assuming didn't get the cops called on me, would have been lovely

as one who always looks forward to reading your thoughts on a topic, I am very glad for your π [in case the internet gremlins gods don't cooperate, that was supposed to be the geek (or is that greek??) symbol for pi :)], and may your leftovers be as delicious as you picture them

I leave you with some candy for the eyes to join the tummy candy of the day
drewandian
Nov. 29th, 2013 05:40 am (UTC)
Your lemons to lemonade to lemon meringue metaphor made me giggle...my sister made lemon meringue pies today and we had a whole steam of comments about the picture of the lemons her twin had posted on facebook. The pie was delicious!

I'm am grateful to have met you through LJ and fandom. The insight and comments you've made on my posts regarding my struggles with relationships and custody and my boys have meant more to me than you could even know and I thank you for that and for your friendship.

I'm glad you had a good Thanksgiving - enjoy your leftovers tomorrow!

*hugs*
sjhw_tolerance
Nov. 29th, 2013 02:45 pm (UTC)
Lovely sentiments! I am thankful for so much, it's difficult to know where to begin! I'm having a lovely time with family I don't get to see that often and meeting new friends, always a good time. Happy Thanksgiving!
bluewillowtree
Nov. 30th, 2013 06:27 am (UTC)
This lovely post makes me very happy. I'm so glad to hear that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I'm very thankful to know you and benefit from your wisdom, insight, humor and excellent storytelling.
nymaeria
Dec. 1st, 2013 05:13 am (UTC)
Here here! Well said, friend! Happy thanksgiving!
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