I sometimes get lost in this thick fog of anger, doom and gloom that almost makes me want to give it all up, buy an island, dig a moat, populate it with man-eating piranha, build turrets with lots of machine guns to ensure that no one ever comes for an unauthorized visit, and curl up in my fortress with old movies and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for the rest of my life.
But every once in a while, I do stop and think how much I really do have, how much my life continues to improve and how fortunate I am to have the life I do have. My life could have turned out very differently.
I’m thankful for my parents, who brought me to America as an 8 year old kid – who had the guts to start a completely new life in a completely new land, with little more than $300 in their pockets and the determination to not be held back.
I’m thankful for my kids – Redhead and Teeny – who give me hope for the future. They’re smart, they’re loving, they’re talented, generous, kind, honest and honorable. Can’t ask for much more, can I? They have developed their own views, and they’re not afraid to ask questions and share their ideas. Most of all, I’m grateful that they have enough respect and love for me to approach me with any problem and know that I will do everything in my power to help. I’m really thankful for the relationship we have.
I’m thankful for Rob. Yeah, it sounds cheesy, and he thinks I’m crazy for thinking he’s rare, but he is. He’s honest – in this world, you don’t encounter many people who are willing to be direct. He’s independent and a free thinker – tough to find someone who has enough courage to stand on his own convictions. He’s smart, loving and fun. I’m glad we found one another.
I’m thankful for the Army. I entered the Army, because I thought it was an honor to serve the country that has provided so much opportunity for a kid who came here in 1980 without a word of English and a beaten down attitude thanks to years of abuse by the Soviet system for being a Jew. The Army gave me training, direction, inspiration and strength. The Army also gave me opportunities I never imagined, like working on the radio as a DJ, being a newscaster and writing the Army story for America to see. The Army also gave me the opportunity to travel, to see other cultures and appreciate them and to help those who needed it.
I’m thankful for my job. It’s a career and a calling. For the first time in my life I feel completely at home in my environment. I love coming to work every morning. I look forward to a new day and what it will bring. I know I’m doing something worthwhile for the country I love. Oh, and I get paid for it… how many people can say that?
I’m thankful one of my good friends is strong enough to kick cancer’s ass, and is doing so.
I’m thankful another one of my friends survived what should have been a fatal car crash, and is healing well enough to actually try push-ups after having had his chest crushed.
I’m thankful my mom beat cancer’s ass.
I’m thankful I don’t have cancer.
I’m thankful I live in Arlington, that we live near a park on one side and skyscrapers on the other. I love tall buildings of steel and glass.
I’m thankful that despite numerous falls, ligament tears, surgeries, etc., I’m still in decent health and shape and can kick ass when need be.
I’m thankful that the vast majority of my friends are enjoying successful careers, children, family and lives.
I’m thankful that when a friend is in trouble, I have the resources to help out if need be.
I’m thankful that I’m working two jobs, because in this economy, people are having trouble finding one.
I’m thankful that my friends who are deployed are taking care of one another and themselves. I miss them, but I know they’ll be back soon.
I’m thankful for Homemade Pizza, Crystal Lite green iced tea with peach and mango, Tiramisu, meatloaf from Boston Market and homemade apple pie that a friend of mine brought to work, made from scratch by his boyfriend, and absolutely incredible!
I’m thankful one of my co-workers has a roommate who bakes cookies.
I’m thankful I have a bay window in my kitchen that allows the cats to lounge around in the sunlight.
I’m thankful for warm Rob snuggles and long conversations in bed until early morning hours.