If you’re reading this, I survived the run-up to Thanksgiving.
Oh, I know. First-world problems, really. I MUST CLEAN. I MUST BUY CRAZY AMOUNTS OF LOCALLY-SOURCED FOOD. I MUST TEAR MY HAIR OUT AND RANT AND ROAR AND WHINE. So, enough already. Here’s the sunny side of the street.
For the second year in a row, my parents are celebrating with me at my Oakland apartment. And we’ll be joined by four of my friends with whom I cannot wait to share the day. It’s going to be a mesh of cultures and backgrounds and, you know what, people, that is exactly the way I like it.
I’m so grateful this year to be in California. Maybe more grateful than I was the first Thanksgiving here. It has become more of a home to me than I could have ever imagined, and the experiences I’ve had here are all of a kind that leave me breathless, sometimes speechless, and always wanting more. Finally, without compromise or concession, I’m living a life I’ve been in training for since I was born…I just didn’t know what I was practicing for.
I’m grateful to have my parents joining me for the holiday. My parents are amazing, and you would never guess how old they are because they defy age and gravity with aplomb, and we are a tight group of three, always have been. So I’m blessed to share my home with them, even though we’ll, no doubt, have a couple of sharp moments along the way. I love them fiercely, and I couldn’t be where I am, and celebrating this holiday, without them setting me on this path in the first place. Thanks, Mom and Dad.
And I’m grateful to all of you who are reading this. Whether you’ve been reading the blog since I started (and have stuck with it through this odd period of no garden, and therefore, not many tales of my inability to grow things), or you have come to it via Facebook or Twitter, or you just stumbled on it because you wanted a really good recipe for butternut squash, thank you for reading, thank you for following along, and, to many of you, thank you for the way you’ve become more than just other bloggers or readers out there. You’ve become my friends, and I appreciate all of you so much.
Have a happy Thanksgiving, all of you. And if you’re out of the country and not celebrating American-style, happy Thursday the 26th of November. May it treat you well, wherever you are.