by Gina Sestak
In traditional farming communities, this time of year was set aside to celebrate the harvest and give thanks for the earth's bounty. Or maybe for the winter winds that froze the ground and gave folks a brief respite from the back-breaking labor of agriculture.
For those of us who live in cities and work year-round, it's sometimes harder to find a reason to be thankful. Nevertheless, I have compiled a list of things I'm thankful for this year.
1. I am thankful that the presidential election is over. May I never see another attack ad or receive another robo-call from Ed Rendell.
2. I am thankful that I still have a job, at least as far as I know. [Once down-sized, twice shy.]
3. I am thankful that I have a roof over my head and food in the cupboards.
4. I am thankful that my health is okay, knock on wood.
5. I am thankful that my two old cats are still hanging in there with minimal veterinary intervention. [But if Taffy hacks up hairballs on my shoes one more time . . .]
6. I am thankful that global warming hasn't totally screwed up the climate yet.
7. I am thankful that I have the opportunity to write, even if the getting published part of that equation leaves a lot to be desired.
8. I am thankful for the communities of writers and dreamers in which I participate.
9. I am thankful for modern technology, through which so much is possible.
10. I am thankful for books and movies that manage to express great truth within the ancient art of telling stories.
And finally, remember, every day is a gift -- that's why we call it "the present."
What are you thankful for this year?