I have to say that I have a lot to be grateful for but this Thanksgiving, a couple of things really stand out for me.
For the past couple of years, I have been dealing with pain in one of my knees related to a skiing accident 25 years ago. Although I tried to keep active, it started to interfere with anything I did which involved a significant amount of walking like you have to do in airport terminals. I can remember coming home from a conference in Chicago and having to get through O’hare airport. I practically cried when I saw that none of the moving sidewalks were working on the long walk out to the gate. Those kind of situations helped me make the decision to get my knee replaced last January. Last week on my way to WordCamp Orlando I caught myself dashing through the Atlanta Airport – completely pain free, and flashed on how grateful I am that I had the surgery and that it was such a success!
I am also very grateful for my team at New Tricks. My son Michael and I are coming up on our five year anniversary of working together, which is truly a miracle. First, it blows my mind that he wanted to work with me at all. And second, that he is so good at what he does and finally, that I get to see him five days a week. The rest of my team, both Aaron and Jessica are also amazing at what they do and we have all have a great time doing our work. Who could ask for more?
Finally, I want you to know how much I appreciate you being a loyal member of the New Tricks pack. It means so much to me to hear from my readers that what I write makes a difference to you. That sure keeps me going.
So, for this Thanksgiving post I’m serving up six dishes just for you. Some are a little savory and some a little sweet but there is something for everyone. Have a happy day of gratitude for the good in your life. Enjoy.
If you are going to drive to grandmother’s house for your Thanksgiving dinner, here is one thing you can be Thankful for, not being in China on this highway.
Time to Interview Crazy Aunt Edna
Once you are safely with your family, sit down and interview a more colorful relative about their life for Story Corps. They are doing a project called The Great Thanksgiving Listen where StoryCorps is asking teachers to encourage their students to record interviews using the StoryCorps app over Thanksgiving weekend. StoryCorps has created a toolkit for the project for teachers, but everyone, not just students, is invited to use the app and record over Thanksgiving and then upload the recording to Story Corps. What fun.
Thanksgiving History per Wednesday from the Addams Family.
A Thanksgiving Short Story
Each Year NPR has commissioned a Thanksgiving Story, from Bailey White. This one in 2011, Call It Even, is about a shy painter who wanted to fit in to his new Vermont home after moving from Florida so he raises a dozen turkeys.
Be Kind to Your Dog
Here is an old one, but one that is important to remember. It is one thing if you stuff yourself but watch out for your mutt!
The last dish is from marketing guru, Seth Godin. It is a set of Thanksgiving readings that he has put together because Thanksgiving is his favorite holiday. Some from traditional sources and some from people he asked to contribute. He suggests printing out the PDF and putting one reading on each person’s chair to be read before dinner. He says if everyone shares this with ten people we can create a new tradition. I think it is a great idea. Enjoy and make the day memorable. Whatever your situation is this year, find a way to find the gratitude in it. Love Judi