Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a day traditionally filled with long-standing family arguments, overeating, and passing out on the couch in front of the football game.
Along with those essential pastimes, we have the popular tradition around the dinner table of naming the things for which we are thankful. Invariably, people (including myself) go with the big low-hanging fruit – family, friends, church, dark chocolate covered almonds, employment, first responders, good health, etc.
Nothing against all those very important things, but I think it’s a shame that we don’t have time to name everything we’re really thankful for before the turkey dries out and the gravy develops an impenetrable skin.
So, here’s my small list of some of the smaller things, in no particular order:
Civil discussions on the internet (just kidding, never seen one)
The hours my kids are in school (always)
The hours my kids are home (mostly)
Any time they got my order right
Shopping carts that drive straight
Rock and roll
Paying for things with my phone
Good car defrost
Car backup cameras
The “What is this song?” feature on Google
Tabasco Green Pepper Jalapeño sauce
Getting to be a coach
Tape, in all its forms, but most specifically duct
The plastic things on the ends of shoelaces
Discount printer ink that actually works
The five-second rule
The Little Caesars Pizza Portal
The National League
Every day it’s not windy
Every day without a school project
It’s the big things in life, but it’s also the little things in life.
Have a great Thanksgiving,
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