Apple Trees, Shooting Guns & Making Cheese: What I’m Thankful For. How about YOU?
November 24, 2010 § 11 Comments
This being the week of Thanksgiving, I’ve been seeing a lot of blog posts related to the theme — e.g., why gratitude matters (here), why genuinely thanking people is important (here) and how to appreciate your optimistic and supportive partner by cooking his favorite dessert from scratch (here — with photos to make you drool).
At first I was going to tell a story here about something food-related that I’m thankful for and attempt to use that as a metaphor for expressing some poignant themes or thought-provoking questions about appreciating the individuals, environments, foods, natural elements or whatever it might be that ignites a feeling of gratitude in you. But then I thought: you know what, there are plenty of blog posts like that already out there. So instead of recreating the wheel, I thought I’d keep it simple.
I hope you’ll indulge me by letting me list a few things I’m thankful for this year (many items related to homegrown and homemade food, but some not).
And I’d love it even more if you’d share what you are thankful for this year. To me, Thanksgiving isn’t just about being grateful; it’s also about sharing it with others. We get few opportunities to publicly declare what or who we’re grateful for, so here’s your chance. And attention, lurkers — those of you loyally reading but not commenting: a huge thank you for reading, but I’d like to hear from you, too. 🙂
To get the ball rolling…this year, I’m thankful for:
1 — Quitting my job in January to figure out what a life of joy, passion and balance could look like
2 — Family and friends encouraging me to pursue that life, and cheering me on as I launched and continue to write and photograph for this blog
3 — Being able to transform our backyard from a weedy jungle into a beautiful garden, with two large veggie beds to grow more of our own food
4 — Getting to do a number of things on my bucket list plus stumbling upon a few unexpected adventures (this is where the food stuff comes in — click on the bold italics to see related posts):
- Starting to grow my own fruit and veggies — and learning lots of lessons along the way
- Nurturing our apple tree back to productive health (20 pounds of apples!)
- Figuring out how to make jam and have a tomato extravaganza
- Building my bliss and learning to make cheese (made my own batch of paneer last night; excellent in a frittata with the oven-roasted tomatoes I made as part of my tomato extravaganza this summer)
- Having the time and presence to savor the best chocolate chip cookies ever with a cold glass of milk
5 — And most of all, having the best partner I could ever imagine — a loving, supportive, smart and positive man who made it possible for me to have all of these experiences I’m thankful for. Thank you, Matthew, for everything.
Okay, I can’t wait to hear: What are you thankful for this year?