Today, in celebration of our first Thanksgiving "back home", Tori and I stayed put. We didn't go to anyone's house; we didn't have anyone over. We cooked a little turkey in our kitchen (in Rochelle) and Tori made an elaborate fruit salad and we ate dinner and watched A Christmas Carol and went for a long walk around our neighborhood to look at Christmas lights and played with the dog and played a game of Scrabble, and...well, you get the idea.
And when the song about how "this is how life should be" broke out, I couldn't have agreed more.
So here's the short list; there's definitely more, but a little Yorkie dog who's high on the list is waiting for a last walk before bed, so I'll try to keep it reasonable:
- All of the friends who have, in different ways, ensured that I haven't been alone in the many years I've been a single mother. They are legion, but I am especially thankful for Margo, Jo Ann, Barb, Todd, Mike, Don, Judy and Andrew. I think about you guys every day.
- My totally amazing daughter, who makes everything fun and inspirational.
- The other children who still let me be their stepmother many years after the separation (and the next generation that came with them...have I told you all that my grandson is coming to stay with me next week?)
- Little Yorkie dogs...one in particular :)
- Being in Rochelle
- How happy Tori is to be in Rochelle
- The people in Rochelle
- The way downtown Rochelle could easily be mistaken for Bedford Falls
- The big windows and sunlight and clean whiteness and light wood floors in our townhouse
- The fact that we're solvent (so far) even though I'm unemployed
- The fact that I have had so much flexibility in the way we build our lives and I get to balance being a parent and supporting my kid
- The many amazing people I came to know in the job I recently left and what I learned from them
- The opportunity to put my skills to work for the forces of good