I debated whether to take this week’s list seriously or not. I debated even participating (it was not a good day, it involved a broken appliance). The prompt? Things I’m thankful for. I can assure you, at this moment, that my washer is not one of them. But otherwise I’m thankful for a lot of things. I’m thankful that I’m healthy. I’m thankful that on any given day I’m happy. I’m thankful for what little family I have left and the friends that I count as family. I’m thankful that I have an interesting job where I can share silly science jokes, even if my request to add Withnail & I to the collection was denied (in favor of Avatar, ick). But all of these wonderful things? They are not what will be on today’s list, at least not entirely.
So what am I thankful for in life? Ranging from the ridiculous (flannel) to the sincere (you):
10. Whatever I’ve forgotten to include on this list. There’s always something.
9. New England literature. Because if I can’t live there, I can at least live vicariously through characters that do. Thank you Stephen King and John Irving.
8. Flannel. I don’t care if it sounds ridiculous, I’m so happy flannel is back in fashion, at least moderately so. Clearly I should’ve lived in Seattle in the ‘90’s. Or at least on the set of Singles. It’s warm, it’s comfortable, it helps elevate my body temperature slightly above that of an icicle. Because no matter how funny it is when people yelp when I touch them, it’s a little bit sad too.
7. Authors. It’s surprisingly lovely when an author acknowledges and appreciates your opinion. This happened to me this year and I was grateful every time (I was totally awestruck by Kelly Braffet). And, of course, they write the books I love.
6. Summer. Considering it’s too cold for the snow to even melt, I’m ready for July. Obviously I like autumn too, but it is by far the shortest season in Colorado.
5. The song that saves your life. Not Dark Yet by Bob Dylan saved mine. I’m continually thankful that I heard this song at the moment I did.
(Okay, saying it saved my life gives it slightly more credit than it deserves, but it was still a very important moment to my adolescent self.)
4. Laughter. I dearly love to laugh. A few of you consistently make me laugh and for that I am very grateful.
(And I love that 90% of you will know where I stole that line from.)
3. Television. What have I discovered this year? The Walking Dead and Twin Peaks.
(Subcategory: Netflix, because I’m far, far too cheap to pay for cable.)
2. Books. Books can make you feel a little less alone in the world, especially considering their enjoyment is a solitary activity.
1. You. Yep, if you are reading this, I’m thankful for you. I’m especially thankful for those of you who have taken the time to comment, email, or interact with me on facebook/twitter/google chat. I love hearing from you. Some of us have exchanged birthday presents and random postcards, some of us have whined about fictional characters like they are real, and not one of you called me pretentious when I used the word cloven in my video post. So thank you. I like you. I appreciate you. I’m glad to have found you.
What are you thankful for? Ridiculous, profound, inane – I want to hear them all.