Thanksgiving is next week, and it’s time to make the glass half-full again instead of half empty.  Therefore, with that in mind, here are some things that I am grateful for this year. 

My family is still healthy.  My freshman-in-college grandson tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, but he just had a stuffy nose for a day or so and is now okay.  No one else so far in our family has been ill, and my hope is that it stays that way.

     I am really grateful for technology.  When I bought my first computer thirty years ago, I was really happy and grateful to have it because it made my life as a teacher and a writer so much easier.  I could word process all my writing, correct errors without “white-out,” (remember that?) and continue to write.  Later when we teachers had grading programs into which we could enter our grades and the program would compute them–that was wonderful.  These days it’s even better.  I’m really tired of ZOOM meetings because well, they’re tiring, and I could be doing other things.  However, I’m really glad we can have ZOOM meetings because it’s one of the few ways we can keep in touch with each other.  I’m happy that I can Face-time with my grandchildren and text and keep up with what they are doing.  I’m grateful for the technology that streaming of TV programs provides because we’ve been fairly sequestered at our house, and it’s good to be able to have a variety of entertainment.  I must admit, though, that sometimes I am presented with almost too many choices.

     I am SO grateful for books and libraries and the fact that I can go to my public library online and download a book electronically.  I read every day, so I’ve gone through many books during this COVID-19 sequestering.  If I still have any sanity left, reading is probably one of the reasons.

     I am grateful for music and art and every other one of the arts.  I’m listening to music on the earbuds on my iPhone as I write this blog.  I listen while I paint, too.  And what I listen to depends on what I’m painting.  I have Amazon music on my phone, so I can listen to whatever I want whenever I want.  That’s good technology.

     We are used to having a fairly large group at our home on Thanksgiving.  I’ve been making Thanksgiving dinner for more years than I care to count.  This year, there will only be four of us–me, my husband Tom, our daughter and son-in-law. We see them regularly, so they are part of our “Pod.”  We will safe-distance at the table and not exchange hugs.  I’m not cooking a turkey this year.  We are even going to have a different kind of meal.  I promised my extended family that I would cook a big turkey dinner whenever it’s safe for us to get together.  If that’s at Easter, so be it.  If it’s the 4th of July, that’s fine.  And if it’s Thanksgiving 2021, we will manage that, too.

     I wish all of you the blessings of the season, and I wish you gratitude and loving, lovely times with those people who mean the most to you.  Even if it’s via ZOOM.

Paint beautiful things, wear a mask, wash your hands, and stay healthy.

But that’s just my opinion.