I’m so happy to see the daily updates and time people are taking to post gratitude on their FB status, “Day #15, I am thankful for…!” It’s so nice to read through them.
I have personally been thinking about Thanksgiving as well as there is so much to prepare! My BFF is coming over with her two kiddies from Brooklyn (side note: I have stopped saying that I have no family nearby. BFF is like a sister! We have known each other for 25+ years!!! So def. family!) I know what I am cooking for our Thanksgiving meal but I didn’t know if I could write about 22 things I am thankful for!
As you know, I like to write about being grateful and appreciative, but besides being thankful for the basics in our lives (yes, like power and heat! jajaja!), I am oh so grateful for three things…err groups of people. From the bottom of my heart. Super grateful. Super thankful. Here it goes:
1) My Chicago Girls: From my Brooklyn BFF to my primas, comadres, childhood friends from elementary school to college: you are my rock. Every little update of your life is a breath of fresh air for me. All of you inspire me and I learn so much from you. There is nothing like genuine support from women in our lives that have been around for so many years, know you so well and continue to support one another. It’s also been so awesome to continue to “grow up” together. I miss you all so much but I am grateful and thankful for the exchange in emails, texts, FB statuses, tweets and the old fashioned cards and phone calls!
2) My Tomodachis far, far away: From my sisters-in-law scattered around the U.S to tias and amigas from Mexico to Japan! I am thankful for the discoveries and experiences we have had together, for the love of travel and languages, and for that giddy moment when we see each other again after so long. I am thankful for your honesty and knowledge on so many levels. See you soon!
3) My East Coast Amigas: If it were not for this great group of “new” friends, whether we met 8 years ago or 1 year ago, I really don’t know what I would do without you. How amazing to make new friends in this stage of my life? I am thankful for these friends who must endure the face-to-face rants, cries and “I’m-letting-it-all-off-my-chest” moments. But also to be able to physically toast, celebrate and hug at the right moments. I can’t wait for new memories with this bunch. Plus, the Dominican/New Jersey accent is starting to rub off on me!!! I’m here to stay.
As you grocery shop and plan your wonderful Thanksgiving feast, take a moment and make note of who surrounds you. We are about to share one of the most special dinners of the year and if your family is far like mine, take note of with whom you will be sharing and expressing your thankfulness. It is something special, isn’t it?
What are you most thankful for this season? Have a great weekend!