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I just wanted to start our annual Great Gratitude thread by giving thanks to all of you for what you make this community. TLE is one of the best communities of people I've ever had the honor of knowing online and in person. The worst of my days are made better because of you, and I can't express how deeply I appreciate the kindness and patience you hold for me during my ups and downs and struggles as a person and as a business person. During this time of uncertainty and shocking blows to our collective psyche, this community and this teaching are the guard rails of my sanity and heart. Thank you for being my acquaintances, my friends, my family. Look back over your 2016 and share your gratitude. Even if you have to squint to find something, there is always something for which we can be grateful. Love you guys!
Today is Thanskgiving Day in the U.S. A day where we in theory celebrate the success of the Mayflower colonists who survived in the "new world" in part because of the kindness and generosity of the First Nations people they encountered when they arrived. Mostly tho, families and friends get together to eat turkey (or tofurkey) and argue about politics and personal gripes, and watch football. Anyway, there's been a lot of doom and gloom around these parts lately and I thought expressing something positive would be a good break from the horror show that is currently US politics, so I want to say what I'm thankful for. I'm thankful for my mother. She's been really supportive of me these past few difficult financial years for me as I continue to search for a job/new career. She's nurtured my yarn crafting and let me turn the dining room table into craft central. She huzzahed when I applied for a competitive teaching fellowship, and I'm grateful I made it halfway through the process when I thought I was going to be rejected outright. She's paid my phone bill so it wouldn't get turned off, and gives me subway fair to go to my part time volunteer spot, and so much more. I love her so much. I'm also starting to figure out her overleaves, so that's great too. I'm thankful for my friends who have supported me financially and emotionally. Who take me out to brunches and dinners and ply me with wine and hard cider when I ask. You know who your true friends are when you hit rock bottom and they are still there. I'm also grateful to the new friends I've made this year, especially the one who showered me with literally a suitcase full of designer clothes she didn't want that were brand new with tags and fit me perfectly, when I mentioned that I hadn't been able to buy new clothes in two years. (This is a travesty for a fashionista, btw) Hello new jumpsuit that I'm going to wear today. Thank you for coming into my life. I'm even thankful for the retail job that I had for a couple months this spring before I got laid off so they could cut hours. It was in a yarn store and I'm thankful I had a chance to learn new yarn skills and teach some skills, and to meet lots of other nice and creative people who are as obsessed with yarn arts as I am. I'm also thankful to Michael's craft store for being within walking distance of my apartment and all the coupons. So many coupons. I'm thankful 2016 wasn't worse than it already has been. And even tho we lost so many creative musical geniuses, I'm grateful they left us with a creative body of work that will hopefully endure long enough to be considered classical music. I'm thankful for Obamacare and my free doctor visits and super cheap prescriptions. I've had a few health scares and challenges this year and if not for it I'd probably have died because I'd likely have not gone to a doctor since I couldn't have afforded it. Lastly, I'm thankful for wine. Wine is just the best. So what are you thankful for on this day of giving thanks? You don't have to be American to share. :)