Giving thanks

Microblog_MondaysIt is Thanksgiving here.

For the first time since we moved back to a country which celebrates Thanksgiving, we haven’t left the city.

Yesterday Q., E. and I sat on the couch together and watched Finding Nemo, and E. got all the way through it, even if he spent much of the movie with his stuffed Puppy on his head, ready to drop in front of his eyes if he became too frightened.

Then we sat at the table together and ate roast beef and roasted potatoes and carrots and bumbleberry pie with homemade ice cream for dessert (because Q. really is that amazing) and E. talked non-stop about the movie, about French vocabulary, about how the digestive system works, about why Pluto isn’t considered a planet anymore, and about all the chilis we harvested from our garden. He paused only occasionally to look into his bowl to see if some small portion of pie or ice cream had escaped his spoon.

Then he went to bed, and Q. and I lounged around on the couches reading books, and I read for fun and felt no guilt because all four of my committee members have given the green light to my dissertation and it’s out of my hands now until I defend. We went to bed and I stopped in at E’s room, as I do every night, to adjust his covers and give him a kiss.

This morning I woke up early and ran through the streets, ran long enough and far enough that my mind stopped churning and I could just breathe and be.

I am healthy and happy. I love and I am loved.

And I am grateful.

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7 responses to “Giving thanks

  1. Such a fun and uplifting post! Your lunch sounded amazing too! I hope you have a great week 🙂 xo

  2. Mel

    It sounds like a wonderful holiday — Happy Thanksgiving!

    I thought Pluto was back to being a planet. Pluto has gotten way too confusing.

  3. Lovely. And I’m intrigued by bumbleberry pie. Sounds like something out of Alice in Wonderland or Doctor Seuss. (I’ve just one and googled it – I’ve never heard that term before, but I love berries, and I love the word, so I can’t wait to use it now in casual conversation!)

  4. Now that sounds like a relaxing day and holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. I love this post. Happy Thamksgiving. So happy it was a good one.


  6. So clearly I shouldn’t post from my phone. I’d like to correct the misspelling in the above post and say Happy Thanksgiving as the real me. xoxo

  7. Turia

    It really was a great weekend. And so badly needed by all of us.

    Mel- Pluto is a dwarf planet now, no? Along with a bunch of others that I’d never heard of until E. got interested. It’s kind of cool to see real evidence of the progress of science since I was in school.

    Mali- I think bumbleberry pie is a catch all for “make a pie with everything you’ve got kicking around”. We used the last of the rhubarb from our garden, apples and pears from the farmers’ market, and frozen blueberries. It turned out really well.

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