"I can no other answer make but thanks,
And thanks, and ever thanks."
-- from Act III of "Twelfth-Night" by William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
It's going to be a while before we read those year-in-review collections, those various "best things about 2015" columns. I'm glad about that, because they're always about the best new things in the year.
But what about the enduring things? It's those things I feel more grateful for more often. After all, when something's brand new, how much can we know about its value? (A long-awaited job or relationship may be the exceptions, but even very welcome additions like those can be disappointments in the long run.)
So as Thanksgiving Day approaches, here are some enduring things for which I'm feeling thankful. I hope they'll inspire you to think of your own things -- whether they're enduring or not -- and bring depth to your observance of the holiday.
I am grateful for:
People who take the time to read this.
People who have just discovered my blog. (You will endure, won't you?)
People who have been reading it since it began.
People who tell me they like what they've read -- whether in comments or when we happen to meet.
I also give thanks for:
The fact that "notebooks" can still be collections of paper, not just computers.
The old stories I love to tell, the ones I love to hear, and the people who enjoy both.
The time to repeat old stories, so teller and hearer will know.
And I will ever give thanks for:
Reruns and history books;
Recipes and plot outlines;
postcards (even when they're not written on)
and paperweights (to keep everything organized).
Thanks to all of you, near and far, for your kind attention to my Serious writing.
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