Wednesday, November 26, 2008


I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Yes, even the Canadians, who already had it (you can never be too thankful or eat too much turkey/stuffing/mashed potatoes or elk or whatever) and the people who live in other countries all over the world (yep, the UK and that person in France and the ones in Australia and the Phillippines and that one down in Aruba) because hey! Everyone can use a day of family togetherness, eating too much, watching football (or futbol), and thinking about the good things in their lives.

In addition to the usual (family, shelter, money in the bank, WAHM status) and the obvious (Salute to Supernatural! Padackles! my awesome friends!) I am thankful for the following:

  • The patience and hard work of my agent, who is so determined to help me figure out what's wrong and fix it, and her good cheer even when I get pushy.

  • Friends I don't hear from (and who don't hear from me) for months at a time, yet who know they can turn to me in times of despair. I only hope I can offer a fraction of what they need to help them heal.

  • Kids who have reached the age where they can entertain themselves all day while I work, and who don't resent me for it.

  • The space heater in my office.

  • My kids' friends, who for the most part seem to be decent sorts, not leading them down ugly paths (unless you count those on Team Edward, which I really don't, since Number One is kinda leading that gang already).
  • Kids who are so self-possessed and comfortable with who they are that they choose the kinds of friends above.

  • A husband who is so secure in my love for him that he buys me Legolas for Mother's Day and Jared Padalecki for my birthday.

  • Friends who get me and don't get annoyed (or don't show it, anyway) when I get so freakin' competitive. Cranberries, indeed.

  • A shelf full of books I can't wait to read.

  • A computer full of manuscripts in different phases of completion AND half a dozen viable ideas awaiting my attention, ensuring I can keep at bay the particular doubt demon that worries about running out of things to write for a good long while.

  • You guys. You, right there, the person reading this blog. Whether you ever comment or not, if I know you or we never met in any manner, wherever you are in the world--I'm thankful for you, for giving me a reason to talk to myself on a semi-regular basis. You all rock hard.


MaryF said...

I'm thankful for you, too!!!

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Aww, thanks, Mary! *hugs*

Victoria said...

Cranberries!!! LOL
Not annoyed. Never annoyed!
That's a great list!
Hope you have a fantastic day today.
V. :)

Word verification: phyrat - a small four-legged creature found on a pirate ship.

Cindy Procter-King said...

Have a great one, Natalie!

Elk, indeed. Are we allowed to eat elk?

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Phyrat. AHAHAHA. Good one, V!

Cindy, my husband's boss hunts elk and gave us some meat one year, but he might have shot it in Montana. I don't know if you allow it up there. :)