Saturday, November 20, 2010

Giving Thanks for Blessings: Big and Offbeat

Welcome to a special Thanksgiving edition of A Writing Life. I noticed that since moving to Durango I’m much more aware of the blessings in my life. For one, I look at the valley and mountains EVERY DAY and am friggin’ elated that we moved here in 2003. Two, Durango is a very outdoorsy town so I’m more aware of my health – and am thankful my legs and lungs are able to move me about this gorgeous, awe-inspiring world.

These are BIG things I’m thankful for – but there are so many things I forget to give thanks for – but I will now.
  • I am expert at wrapping gifts and making bows.
  • I can iron men’s shirts so that they look they came from the drycleaners.
  • I never get insomnia.

At this risk of sounding like your mother at the Thanksgiving table, urging you to name one thing you’re thankful for… Share something weird or offbeat you’re thankful for that you sometimes forget about.

  • Are you a great dancer?
  • Do you tell jokes well?
  • Type 100 words or more a minute?
  • Do you know how to tie sailors' knots?
Have a great week and remember to wear those elastic pants on Thursday.


  1. I am thankful for my ability to make people laugh.

  2. I can attest to Fizoo's ability to make people laugh! What until you see her *snort of derision.*

  3. I'm thankful I don't own elastic pants.

  4. I am so thankful that I don't get car sick, especially this time of year when it is extra scary driving over mountain passes! And I'm thankful for you, Mandy, I am so glad that you are pursuing the adventure of writing!