Happy Thanksgiving America and the World! Wherever you are!
I have not witness a very warm Thanksgiving Day in a long while! It was 55F degrees mid-afternoon today, and I was out in my bikers! And the sun was out, no wind; beautiful! Perfect day for a run, jog, anything outdoors!
I couple of days back, Child Of Mine (COM) suggested that on Thanksgiving Day, we write down all the things were are thankful for. I readily agreed, and promised to obliged when the day comes – today, Thursday, November 26, 2015.
On his part, he had had an entire day of Thanksgiving celebration – making applesauce and crafts and tasting apple butter at school, and exploring Thanksgiving at home at school.
This Thanksgiving morning, I waited for him to wake up, served him breakfast, brushed our teeth, then we sat down to compile out lists.
Here is his list:
- Food (Me: makes sense, since we are talking after breakfast 🙂)
- Blood – without blood we cannot live
- Heart – I would not be alive, if I did not have a hear
- My brain —it is the control system. It controls every part of my body.
- Bones —Bones connect the body together.
- Muscles —If I knew how to fight but did not have muscles, I would not be much stronger.
[Mental note to self: Uhm! Everything seems to be about him. Oh well! Just be happy he is compiling a list!]
I started my list
- COM —Because he has helped me understand life better. Plus, he allows me push him out of his comfort zone, ‘experiment’ on him and co-op him into my adventurous life. At his age, he is already Scouting for Food as a Cub Scout, caring for therapy dogs with Paws and Pages and donating to Toys for Tots
- My mother – She brought me into this world, and is always there for me, even when I am sad and do not feel like talking. She surprises me.
- For the gift of life —It is full of challenges, but it makes me stronger and optimistic.
- All the friends and family who give me laughter, shelter, surprises, reassurance and social support.
- Challenges – that teach me a lot about myself and my potentialities
- For the United States – it gave me Biko, my adult life, exposure to a larger world or learning and education, connectivity of humanity, and retracing my blackness through my ancestors who were shipped off as slaves many years ago.
- Uganda – my birthplace that nurtured me from childhood. The most fun, free and safest place I have ever lived.
- Social networks – the Cub Scout, Paws n Pages, where I meet new friends, learn about opportunities to participate in community activities, and my son gets to learn about life and serve his community at a young age.
- Running and exercise – center me….and lift me up….
- Single parenting – I am stronger than I give myself credit. I fall, crumble and bounce back. I can risk it all…and start building it anew. I can give no matter whether I get the same. Single parenting makes it easier to make decisions, spontaneous actions and planning, and allows me to ‘dictate’ child’s diet and menu most of the time.
I think COM noticed that I was giving credit to people, while he did not. So, he added his #10
- My teachers that help me learn.
Still, no mention of me, anywhere! But I am straight —-No! I am not….but hey
It is Thanksgiving Day! Not Mourning and Pouting Day.
We have watched the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV, which is always a pleasure….We Skyped internationally; we are making business connections; we are blogging, and COM is writing down all the books he has read this month. He has already surpassed his set monthly goal of 30 to 53 books! And he still has four more days before the end of month —whoopee-do!
I am making a very veggie Thanksgiving lunch of Eggplant aka aubergine, carrots, celery, onions, garlic and asparagus [didn’t I tell you, there is joy in single parenting!]. And we are watching the National Dog Show!
Happy Turkey, Tofurky, Cranberry sauce [we might just have some cranberry jelly], the pies and all. We will have Sparkling Cider, our special treat!
Whatever you do! Wherever you are! Whatever you eat! Be Thankful!