Every year, as my family and friends are gathered around our gluten free Thanksgiving table I ask them what they are thankful for. And every year I get answers like, “I am thankful tonight is not my night for dishes” or “I’m thankful that you only make us answer that question once a year” or “I am thankful for Jimmy Choo, Stuart Weitzman and Manola Blanick” (OK, that one I can agree with). And I suppose that is one of the things I am most thankful for – I am surrounded by people who don’t take life, or themselves, too seriously. I am thankful for the humor and laughter that fills my world!
I am thankful that I have in my hands the power to change and improve my physical well being by what I choose to eat and more importantly, not eat. I am thankful for my diagnosis of gluten intolerance as it gave me answers and with those answers came solutions to a healthier, happier life. I am thankful that I can prepare a feast that is totally gluten free and still tastes exactly the same as it did before going gluten free – validating the celebration of abundance in our gluten free lives.
I am thankful that my sons are more than brothers but also best friends. I am thankful for a family which while insouciant most of the time, has a deep sense of loyalty to one another–that they know how to circle the wagons and defend their own if needed. And I am really thankful that it is almost never necessary to circle those wagons.
I am thankful that my children have found their own way in life and are creating lives for themselves that fulfill their own dreams and destinies. And I am so thankful for the children they have brought into our lives, that our family continues to grow. I am thankful for the innocence and wonder of those children and that they see the world as being full of possibility.
I am thankful for the very existence of my husband who supports and loves me no matter what. I am thankful for the joy he brings into my life. I am thankful that we can disagree. I am thankful that he will back me up even when I am wrong. (I am thankful he rarely reads this blog and thus will not know that I have publicly admitted to the possibility of being wrong!)
I am thankful that I have found my own way in life. That I have been able to follow my passion and find my voice – it took a while but some things are worth searching for.
And I am thankful for YOU! You, my readers, are a constant source of inspiration. You make me laugh, you touch my heart in so many ways and you challenge me to be better. So many times you leave comments or send emails thanking me but truly it is I who should be thanking you! Thank you for the pure joy you bring to my life.
So now I ask you, as I do those gathered ’round my Thanksgiving table – what do you have to be thankful for?
From my family to you and yours, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving Day!
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