I’m sitting on the couch, my sister is on the floor and my mom is in the kitchen. The pie is in the oven, the casserole is about to go in, and I just ate oatmeal. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day is on TV, my sister is making her Christmas list, and my cat is having a hairball. I hear my phone as it keeps buzzing, the cricket machine whine as Mom makes some card kits, and the opening and closing of the garage door as Dad is completely his daily workout ritual. I see all of the pictures frames that I used to be in, but have now been replaced with pictures of Josh. I can’t help but laugh at that. And while I’m laughing, I see the candlestick next to the fireplace that is broken because I used it as a toy to play with my cat last night. My toes are cold, but that’s nothing new.
I’m just sitting here, taking it all it. I’m trying to record this moment in my mind so that it will never leave me. You don’t realize how much you miss this simple, dysfunctional way of living until you don’t have it everyday anymore.
There is so much that I’m thankful for this year. I’m thankful that I’m finally home, after three months, and can spend time with my family. I’m thankful that I have a loving church family that I was so excited to see last night. I’m thankful for my old friends, ones that will always know where I stand. I’m thankful for my new friends, my entire Macon family, that I miss already. I’m thankful for being able to sleep in my own bed; that I even have a bed. I’m thankful for all the opportunities that I have been presented with and opportunities to be able to do what I love most. But most of all, I’m thankful for all of the little things in life: a smile from a stranger, a hug from a best friend, a song on the radio, and even a cup of apple cider.
Be thankful for what you have. You never know when you’re going to miss it, so keep it in your closest thoughts. Enjoy your families, eat lots, and Happy Thanksgiving!
I’ve done absolutely nothing productive today other than singing Christmas music in my room all afternoon. I guess having full intentions of doing something never mean anything unless you actually accomplish what you wanted.
On the other hand, I am totally okay with having a rock show in my room with my roommate’s fish as a very supportive audience.