A Craigslist Miracle

November 25, 2010

Every year at this time (yes, thanksgiving time), I tell myself that Thanksgiving is little more than a couple of days off work and a good excuse to eat too much. And every year I find out how wrong I am about that. It's also about crowded airports and overcrowded grocery stores and football games and prepping for black-friday shopping.

But it is also a time when I find myself (there I am!) reflecting on all of the things that I'm thankful for. And I think this year I have more to be thankful for than ever before. And also I think I'm more aware of all of the wonderful things that I have, and am more capable of gratitude now because of the things I've been through this year.

You know how I love my lists (let me count the ways), but before I start with the lists I would like to share with you something that I found this week... (don't worry... it's not scary) something that I think really embodies the spirit of Thanksgiving.

While browsing through Craigslist this weekend (I need a new dining room table) I came across an ad in the 'free' section. Once I used my red internet pen to highlight all of the spelling and grammar errors (I can't help myself), I thought it was one of the sweetest things I'd seen in quite a while.

The ad was an offer to host a needy family for Thanksgiving dinner. It wasn't an offer of a free turkey or to buy dinner for someone who might not otherwise have it, but an offer to take someone(s) into their home and share the holiday meal with their own family. It think it's crazy and beautiful (like you!) and how wonderful it is in these uncertain times, and with the economy the way it is, that someone is willing to take a risk and open their home to someone. I hope Santa makes 2 stops at their house this year.

So I started thinking about what I might post on Thanksgiving this year, and a list of a few things for which I'm thankful seems pretty appropriate. So here is Dee's list of things to be thankful for (in no particular order)

  • high speed internet (being without it sucks!)
  • craigslist postings (they help me believe in humanity just a little)
  • my girls (the best things I've ever done)
  • trips to the gym, yoga classes, stairs and mountain climbing (work those hip-flexors!)
  • the race car (parked or road tripping, being in that car is awesome)
  • my troops at work (I've never worked with a better group of people, no offense to all you other people I've worked with, but these guys rock)
  • enoughness (I get what I need, and most things that I want)
  • music, especially David Choi (he started this whole crazy thing)
  • my muse, my distraction, my friend (without whom I would be lost)

I am so thankful for you, for always listening, for being here with me through all my craziness and ranting and lists and sidetracks. Thank you for helping me find out who I am and where I belong.  Thank you for making me believe in words, and dreams and magic and myself.  Thank you for loving me.

I know the song is already in the soundtrack, but some things are worth doing twice.


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