Friends, family and...Magic Mike?

I actually sat down today intending to write a funny turkey-day post. But funny is just
 not what was on my mind apparently! I hope you'll stick with me anyway...

I have a confession to make: I haven't always looked forward to the holiday season...haven't always appreciated the purpose of Thanksgiving or the spirit of Christmas. There have been years when,
in my heart of hearts I felt like a downright Scrooge.

My early 20s were rough in some ways. I was living paycheck-to-paycheck, had just ended a long-term relationship, and my parents were in the middle of a divorce from which my mom chose to make a permanent exit from my life. For a couple years, the holiday season with all it's happy family festivities and easy couple-y togetherness felt kind of like a personal affront. At the time, indifference seemed like the best defence: claiming that Thanksgiving wasn't really "my thing," and that Christmas was overrated. Really, it was just loneliness talking.

Since then, I've grown up a little bit. I've come to realize that sometimes water is thicker than blood, and that friends can be family too. I met Travis, and gained a whole secondary family in the bargain.

Things have changed for the better, and these days I look forward to the season from a happy, comfortable vantage point. But I haven't forgotten what that awkward loneliness was like or how it felt to be the odd man out, making excuses so no one would know I was spending the day holed up with a Lean Cuisine and a stack of DVDs. If you happen to be in that place now, please know that it won't be forever and you're not really alone, no matter how much it may feel that way! I've got your back on this one.

So today I'm giving thanks for family (old and new, in all its imperfect forms) friends, fresh starts, and the love of my life. And of course I'm thankful for all you gorgeous readers! I truly hope I never take any of this for granted.

Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. imperfect IS perfect... who wants to have nothing to achieve or look forward too!

  2. I live in Australia, so dont have the Thanksgiving Day thingy. However I am very grateful to have found a new life in Jesus, who I have got to know pretty well. I am thankful that I can have peace in the midst of storms aand I can believe all He says to me through the Bible. I have known Him for 46 years, and been through tough times, which I now believe is just L-I-F-E. i am thankful too for finding Zentangle and Zendala Dare, they calm one down after a busy day and help you to focus on ones creativity.

  3. Hello, just stopping by directly from the bright owl!

  4. Thanksgiving is a bittersweet holiday for me too because on this day 5 years ago, my mom passed away. My family has grown since then with three new grandchildren that my mom would've been so thrilled with. We give thanks for how the cycle of life has continued.

  5. sometimes it is hard to remember to be thankful. i'm glad things turned around for you. and i'm glad you have erin for your friend - i think she would be a stellar friend!

    and i like your cartoon box - especially the part about magic mike :) haha! happy thanksgiving!

  6. I understand how you feel about holidays. I think it hits us all once in awhile. Glad things are better now.

  7. Thank you for writing this from your heart - sometimes it is hard to be honest in the face of "what we are supposed to think."

    For me Thanksgiving is hard because it is a holiday that was unknown to me before I moved to this country and my Dad died during what was to become "Thanksgiving week" for me.

    Nevertheless, like you, I have come to a place where I can gives thanks for the memories my Dad gave me, thanks for my own family and special thanks to my husband who has selflessly worked so hard that it enables me to go back to Australia to visit my Mum, sister and brother.

    Indeed there is much to be thankful for - and sometimes having difficulty seeing this is human - being able to rise above those feelings is yet another thing to be thankful for!



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