Thanksgiving is just behind us, but the thankfulness I feel for what I have in life goes on.
I'm thankful for my husband of 47 1/2 years. Our marriage was anything but calm and peaceful for many, many years, but after 20 years we finally came to a tentative truce in our fights and disagreements. After 30 years we became good friends and lovers. After 40 years? It's a wonderful life and I'm so glad I have spent so much of it with him.
I'm thankful for my children, my grandchildren and my great grandchildren. I can't imagine a life without them! They fill me with joy every minute of every day, whether I'm physically near them or not. I love all of them so very much.
I'm thankful for my husband's family - his mother who is 100 years old and all of his siblings - Judy, Roger, Valerie, and Larry (his half brother). Since all of my family is gone now except for cousins, it's a real blessing for me to have sisters and brothers by marriage, at least. And I couldn't be closer to them if they were my own.
I'm thankful for the health that I do have. No, I'm not thankful for the health problems I endure, but I'm VERY thankful that at least those aren't cancer problems.
I'm thankful for our homes - we own two of them, now, free and clear and can spend summers up in eastern Washington - just two miles from Idaho - where the weather is absolutely perfect and winters down in Arizona, where we are out of the snow and freezing cold.
I'm thankful for all of my writing friends. I have so many! Some I met through SCBWI (the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators) and many I met through the internet and my message board.
I'm thankful that after way too many years of my creative writing self being "dried up" and "too busy" and "worn out" I am finally actively writing again. YAY! At this point, I'm in a Creative Writing Class in the RV Park where I live in Arizona and we are meeting once a week. Each week we write a story based on a different topic. This week we picked ten random words out of my Apples to Apples game box and we have to write a story using three of those words. Belly Dancers, Ghosts, an Insane Asylum, a Dark Alley, a Swiss Bank Account, Caffine, Having an Operation, a Divorce, Predictable, and Pathetic are our words to pick from for this week's story. This should be an interesting writing week!
Today we are driving 8 hours to return one of our granddaughters to her house. She came to visit for a few days. It's been a great week!