I wanted to write a non-sappy Thanksgiving post. It’s actually quite hard. I like the idea of Thanksgiving, or at least what it has become— an entire holiday about reflecting on what’s good in life. It’s an inherently sappy thing to think about, but it is also worthwhile.
The other thing that’s tough is coming up with a comprehensive list. I will surely leave much out here. I can paint broadly and express thankfulness for my friends and family, which I surely am. But that also doesn’t convey how appreciative I am of some in particular— I’ll single out my wife and parents, but there’s many more. I’m writing this on Thanksgiving, which Michelle and I will spend together. I am thankful for that and that we have more time to spend together than we did for most of our marriage. It surely is the best thing to come out of the pandemic that we have more time together. I am thankful that we are relatively healthy, financially stable and young enough to enjoy many more years together.
I am thankful for the COVID vaccine and all the other vaccines that are keeping me alive, and for the good sense to have learned lessons from the pandemic about how to reduce the chances of getting sick in general.
I’m thankful for my job, for Governor Cuomo appointing me to my job and for my friends who have stuck up for me when I have been under fire in my job. I’m grateful for the network of friends I have developed through work over the years, and for the friends I have known for longer than that.
I’m grateful for the Albany Pine Bush, the Adirondacks and the Catskills, which I am only beginning to enjoy. I’m thankful for our proximity to Vermont, New York City, Boston, the Hudson Valley, Montreal and other interesting, nearby places.
I’m thankful for my ability to ride my bike, which is such a great source of exercise and relaxation. I’m grateful for all the authors of all the good books I have read and will read, and all the good movies and shows that have been made, and for full disclosure — I am thankful to the people who make the two mobile games I play.
This blog is largely about David Bowie— yes, that’s a picture of a young Bowie carving a turkey— I’m thankful that he gave me so much to write about, but in a larger sense I’m thankful for music.
I’m going to stop here, though I am thankful for more than all this. Well actually I have one more thing to acknowledge— if you have read this far, I am thankful for you too.