Here in Aberdeen it’s an ordinary Thursday, but at our house we know it’s Thanksgiving. I baked a pumpkin pie last night, but I’m going to repost the photo of my 2010 pumpkin pie, which came out with a heart on it:
Although this has been a tough year, I do feel extremely grateful for a number of things, chiefly the love of my family and friends. The Dafter is still very unwell indeed – I will do an update on her for her fans before Christmas – but she is very brave and funny, and looking after her is a joy. I’m very grateful for blogging and knitting, the two things that keep me (I’d like to think) sane. And as I’ve said before, I can never properly express my gratitude for the wonderfully encouraging comments that have continued to flow through to me here.
Recently the Dafter said to me, “I don’t know if I can make a Christmas wish list this year, because the things that I want the most aren’t things that you can get for me – they aren’t things.” This is a hard lesson to learn at a young age, but it really is one of the most important lessons in life. (Rest assured, she has now thought of a few things that she would like and might even be able to do!)
I’m also grateful on a regular basis for living in Scotland. As you can perhaps tell, I love this curious life of still being an outsider and discovering so much to share, and at the same time feeling very much at home here. Recently someone asked where I was from, and I had that reflex reaction of thinking, “How do they know? Oh yeah, my accent!”
So Happy Thanksgiving everyone, whether you have the day off and a big meal with family and friends, or whether it’s an ordinary day for you.