Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. it’s dedicated to delicious food and people we love—what could be better than that? I love hosting my Alaska family at our house and talking about what we’re thankful for over a huge turkey dinner. But this year, like many other things in 2020, Thanksgiving is different. My husband and I will eat alone, talk to my daughter and son-in-law on Zoom, and probably call a few other family members throughout the day. That’s okay, but not great. I’m already feeling the loss of our usual family gathering. But at the same time, I can still find things to be grateful for.
I’m thankful for my loved ones, especially my amazing husband. He’s been a rock on my bad days, and my everyday companion and partner. My other family members and friends have also given me moments of joy and friendship when I needed it. Many have kept in touch via phone or online. My weekly virtual meeting with critique partners has helped me continue writing, and provided emotional support.
I’m thankful for all the kind and generous people in the world. Essential workers, scientists, healthcare workers, teachers, postal workers, and more are making it possible for our communities to continue functioning. Plus, thousands are participating in improving our society. Voting participation hit a new high in November. Many people are creating positive changes to make our society more inclusive.
And, of course, I still get to live in this place where ravens fly overhead, frost gilds the trees, and the sun rises between mountains. I am thankful for the beauty around me.
Let’s all do what we can to help each other get through this pandemic. And let’s remember that there are still reasons to be thankful this year. I hope you can find many of them in your own life. Take care.