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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Giving Thanks For...


When economic woes are increasing and worrisome, it may seem hard to find things that we are thankful for. But much like Pollyanna, I like to find the good in everything. And so this year I am thankful to my Mom. She passed along her love of books to me and I am reminded of her every time I pick up a mystery. I am thankful for excellent friends, a supportive boyfriend, and fun co-workers. Potbelly's because they make delicious sandwiches and cookies. Our library's Teen Advisory Board because they are awesome. Squirrels just because. 30 Rock and How I Met Your Mother because they are the funniest shows on television.

And books! I'm thankful for The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien, everything Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, the Wayside School books by Louis Sachar. One of the most amazing things about the library is I get access to all of these books by just having my library card. So even though money may be tight, books are free (as long as I return them on time).

Bob Blanchard wrote a post a couple of weeks ago asking what books have made a difference in your life. While giving thanks for particular books sounds similar, it is completely different. The books I am thankful for have not changed me or made me a better person. They are simply there for me when I need them. I know each time I pick them up I will be as thoroughly entertained and enchanted as I was the first time I read them. What in your life or on your bookshelf are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

3 comments:

Laura A. said...

I am also thankful for excellent friends and family, fun co-workers and an engaging and rewarding job.

I am thankful for stories like "Deputy Sid's Gift" by Tim Gautreaux, which I like to reread every holiday season. I am also thankful for the book "Song of the Lark." As Cheryl aptly said in her post, it's "simply there for me" when I need it.

Karen said...

I am thankful that my Dad is out of the hospital/nursing home just in time for Thanksgiving! I am also thankful for having a supportive family, fun friends and my faith which gets me through all the other, messy, unhappy stuff.

And I don't know where or who I would be without music, every kind of music, so I give thanks for that this Thanksgiving, too. And for cereal with raisins in it, and the person who discovered caramel, and platform shoes, and garnets, and the Moomins, and...

Oh, yes, and wonderful co-workers at the Library!

Linda K. said...

I feel blessed to have a great husband.I may complain about him at times, but we've been together over 40 years and we can still sit and talk for hours, or sit and read or watch DVD's together with our cat Toozer on the couch next to us. Toozer, and his sister Wonzer who died a few years ago, have added laughs and love to our lives for so many years. I'm thankful for my two best friends Pat and Chris, my three sisters, my parents, who died not that long ago, and the many people who I have known over the years that have made such a difference in my life. If I were to make a full list of all the things I am thankful for it would fill a notebook.

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