For an explanation of this alphabet theme, see my first NaBloPoMo post.
P is for Pumpkin Pie.
It's a cop-out, I know, and frankly, while I like pumpkin pie perfectly well, I'll admit it's really not a significant enough part of my life to warrant inclusion my the Encyclopedia of Me. P should be for piano lessons. Or Poochie (my first dog). Or Peter & Paul (my grade school). Or any number of more meaningful-to-me words that start with that letter. I don't care. It is Thanksgiving. Is there really any more fitting "P" word for today? I think not.
I am off to my parents' house in Wisconsin in a few minutes (or "Sconnie," as H insists on calling it, seemingly just to annoy me--I swear, he found at least three opportunities to work it into conversation at the Absinthe Party last weekend, and I did not take the bait even once). It's going to be a traditional family meal, and since this is my family I'm talking about and not any truly "traditional" one, that means we'll be having day-old KFC reheated in my grandmother's microwave. You think I am kidding. I assure you, I am not. Really.
There will be pumpkin pie, though. Homemade with love and care by a stranger at the Copps grocery store bakery. Undoubtedly topped off with Cool-Whip from my grandma's fridge. Whoo. So I am thankful for that. And in the spirit of the obligatory Thanksgiving entry, here are a few more things for which I give thanks. In fact, in the spirit of the "Thursday Thirteen" tradition that led me to start Friday Fives, how about I list 13 of them?
- That all lanes of Highway 36 are finally open again.
- That my little sister will be home for Thanksgiving, so we can continue our Home for the Holidays screening tradition.
- For libraries.
- For NPR (and even more, for MPR's The Current).
- For Netflix.
- For my health, and the health of those I care about.
- For the Internet and all the fabulous friends I've met through it.
- For wine.
- And cheese.
- And chocolate brownies.
- For my blue yoga pants, which continue to make me as happy as many of the boys I've dated ever could.
- For indoor plumbing and heating and all sorts of lovely conveniences not available at the first Thanksgiving.
- That I have a home, a job, a caring family, and good friends--all things it's far too easy to take for granted but which I appreciate immeasurably.
Happy Thanksgiving, all!