I’m Canadian (I know…shocker considering the name I go by around these parts), so technically I celebrated Thanksgiving last month.
But I work for an American company and, hence, work American holidays. That means I’m celebrating Thanksgiving today and tomorrow. So I figured what better time than now to really sit back and think about what I’m thankful for…
True love. I don’t think I can put it any better than that. If nothing else, the past few days have really helped cement the love that I have for Sunshine and the amazing relationship that we share. I’m asked at work if what we share now is better than what happened before we split up in February. I can’t tell them emphatically enough that it’s worlds different. I’m different…she’s different…and what we went through has only made us realize just how lucky and fortunate we are to be able to share our lives and love with each other. We wouldn’t be where we are right now if not for going through what we went through. It’s truly amazing…and so is she.
My son. Ankle Biter has given me more joy than I can adequately describe. When he was a baby, he was colicky. I even ended up having panic attacks because I didn’t know how to handle the poor guy. But once I had to become a single dad, I slowly came around. Now? Now I couldn’t imagine a single week without having him in my life at some point. “The Terrible 2’s”?? Didn’t happen. “The Terrible 3’s”?? Nope…nothing yet. This kid is a thousand shades of awesome and I couldn’t be more proud or thankful to have him in my life. And as he grows older, I can’t wait to remind him of that repeatedly. He’s incredible.
My daughter. I made a lot of mistakes with Rugrat as she was a baby growing into a toddler. I’m constantly trying to learn how to be a long-distance single father to an amazing soon-to-be 11-year-old. I know that these mistakes has cost me a closer relationship than I’ve got now, but whenever I talk to her or see her I do my absolute best to let her know just how important she is to me. The day I watched her come into the world, I knew I wanted to be a better person. It’s been a continuous struggle ever since, but it’s a battle I feel like I’m finally winning and she’s a major part of that. She’s awesome.
My health. I’m not the fittest of men, that’s for sure. But at this point in my life I don’t have any major health issues. I need to drop a few pounds but otherwise I’m getting by just fine. If you’ve got your health, you can’t really complain.
My parents. Two years ago I almost lost my mom. I’m thankful every single day that she’s still with me. I’m also thankful for the much-improved relationship I now have with my father. With a combination of my maturing and his mellowing, we get along pretty good now…and that’s something that really didn’t take place for about 30 years. I’m now so very appreciative for having my parents in my life.
A roof over my head. It’s not the greatest roof, but it’s one that I live under. I’m not out on the streets, and for that I’m very thankful.
My job. It’s not the greatest job, but it’s one I enjoy doing. Maybe one day I’ll be able to combine financial security with job satisfaction, but until that day I need to take stock in the positives…and enjoying my work and the people I work with is definitely a positive.
My blog. I initially began blogging to impress a girl. I then used blogging to help cope with the world around me. Now blogging is a joy…a passion…a way to provide myself therapy and meet new people. I know I’m a decent writer, so having this creative outlet has really been a blessing for me. I don’t know what my life would be like now if I hadn’t started blogging in 2008.
My readers. Bloggers, for the most part, are a close-knit community. The vast majority of people who comment on my blog are bloggers that I read on a weekly basis (and yes…I know I need to comment more in order to let you know I’m reading). The comments and emails and post links from other bloggers are awesome, and I truly believe that I’ve made some friends through writing. So I’m definitely thankful to all of you. If it weren’t for you, this page might as well be blank.
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.