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Dept. of Thanksgiving

Thank You

In the past, I've written some pretty lengthy essays, monologues, meditations and such on Thanksgiving. Some of them were pretty eloquent (I know; I just checked, because I roll that way.)

This year, it's not going to be all that eloquent. I'm older. I'm more tired than I have been in previous years. My ability to find a verbal hook on which to hang the rest of my commentary has rusted, along with my facility with words. 

However, along with my advanced age, I've become wiser. At least I've reached the age when I realize it's not egotistical to say, "I've learned from all these years on earth." And I've remembered that one can be brief without missing the point - which is this.

Thank you.

Thank you, online friends, for being out there. My world has not shrunk to the social pinpoint it could have, thanks to you. I am not chained to work and sleep, and fear of going out, thanks to all of you. You show me the world through your words - you show me many worlds. You reach out to me from across the globe. You let me share a little bit of your life. You let me cheer you on; you let me wish you happy birthday (usually late); you let me give you electronic hugs. You allow me to care for people beyond myself. Thank you for that.

And you care for me. Whether we know each other just a little, through fanfic, or shared fandom interests, or know each other a little more intimately, you have soothed my cares, lightened my loads, and reminded me that life can be good. You've hugged me, helped me dry my tears, put up with my seemingly endless bouts of depression.

You are all treasures. Remember that. Each and every one of you.

Today, my son came over; we baked a pumpkin pie together. I finally made some more bread - and it turned out beautifully! I got housekeeping chores done; washed our comforter, kept the kitchen neat and clean despite all the cooking. FB and BB and I laughed together and listened to music (FB introduced me to Fugazi, and I introduced him to Caribou, and we both listened to Joe Hisaishi's orchestration in the soundtrack to Princess Mononoke), and I had a glass of wine and remembered to do another recommendation over at calufrax. The house is warm and fragrant with baking. I am surrounded by family, something that is more important to me than I can ever explain in words. A little later, we're going out for Thanksgiving dinner with good friends.

The world is in a terrible state. There is heartbreak out there; there are injustices crying out for reparation; there are struggles to be maintained; there is an environment to be saved.

But right now, right this very moment? I am blessed. And I hope that the love that surrounds me will energize me, and allow me to go out there tomorrow and fight a little harder for this world.

And I owe so much of my blessings to you.  It all comes back to people, to shared hearts and minds, to all of you.

Again I say it. You are all treasures. Again I say it - remember how precious you all are.

Thank you.


This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/334253.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.

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time_converges
Nov. 28th, 2014 01:18 am (UTC)
Happy Thanksgiving! I'm so glad for LJ making it easy to keep in touch with such interesting, wonderful people. That means you. :) *hugs*
kaffyr
Nov. 28th, 2014 07:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the hugs- and I hope your Thanksgiving was a good one!
supergee
Nov. 28th, 2014 01:22 am (UTC)
Happy Thanksgiving. Always a pleasure to hang out with you here.
kaffyr
Nov. 28th, 2014 07:34 pm (UTC)
The pleasure is mutual - best to you and the rest of the household.
ladymercury_10
Nov. 28th, 2014 01:35 am (UTC)
Happy Thanksgiving! It sounds like you're having a very nice holiday. :)

And this post is lovely! I'm thankful we're friends as well. :D
kaffyr
Nov. 28th, 2014 07:37 pm (UTC)
It was an excellent holiday, and I plan to continue it tonight by going to see Mockingjay with a friend. I hope your Thanksgiving was good, and that you could put thoughts of homework and tests away for a while.

I am very thankful we're friends!
ladymercury_10
Nov. 29th, 2014 12:35 am (UTC)
Sounds lovely. I hope you enjoy the movie! And yes, I did get a bit of a break from homework, which was much-needed after the past few weeks! :P
kaffyr
Nov. 29th, 2014 07:32 pm (UTC)
The movie was excellent - tough to watch at some points, but since I've read the entire trilogy, I expected that. The really tough part is waiting for the final installment!
a_phoenixdragon
Nov. 28th, 2014 02:36 am (UTC)
Bless you, dear lady. And Happy Thanksgiving. May your little family and home be filled with the joy and warmth of the day - and may tomorrow be just as filled with love and happy moments.

*hugs you hard*
kaffyr
Nov. 28th, 2014 07:38 pm (UTC)
This was a very good Thanksgiving for us; for the first time in two years, FB was at home, something we all appreciated greatly. I hope you and yours were able to be together in peace and happiness as well, my dear.

*hugs right back*
flowsoffire
Nov. 28th, 2014 07:54 am (UTC)
*hugs you* Beautiful post, dear. Love you ♥
kaffyr
Nov. 28th, 2014 07:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much, and let me return the love!

(You may not celebrate Thanksgiving in your neck of the woods, but you're certainly part of mine!)
flowsoffire
Nov. 29th, 2014 10:08 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you :) We don't celebrate it here indeed, but being grateful for what we have is always a good thing, so same to you!
kaffyr
Nov. 29th, 2014 07:33 pm (UTC)
Plus a wonderful weekend to enjoy! (Even though there's no Doctor Who to look forward to. Heh.)
flowsoffire
Nov. 29th, 2014 07:53 pm (UTC)
Great to hear! :) (And true… but there are always rewatches, fanfiction, vids, meta and so much fandom love to be found everywhere!)

Love that icon! ♥
kaffyr
Nov. 29th, 2014 11:18 pm (UTC)
Love that icon! ♥

It's gorgeous, isn't it? It's from a Studio Ghibli short (about half an hour, maybe?), done by several artists of the studio. It's called "Iblard Jikan" and it's absolutely remarkable. Feel free to gank the icon, with credit - and I hope you someday have the chance to enjoy the little film itself.
flowsoffire
Nov. 30th, 2014 01:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'll do that ^_^ ♥
eaweek
Nov. 28th, 2014 03:25 pm (UTC)
Thank YOU for this wonderful post! It's always so great to read your thinky thoughts. :)
kaffyr
Nov. 28th, 2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
Well, my thinky thoughts are all too often rinky-dink thoughts, but these came from my heart, and I'm glad if they touched yours and others' as well.
liadtbunny
Nov. 28th, 2014 04:17 pm (UTC)
Ah bless you. I hope your personal Thanksgiving caries on in the same way:)
kaffyr
Nov. 28th, 2014 07:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much - so far, I'm spending Friday working (newspapers don't take off on Friday), but it's fairly laid back.

Happy weekend to you!
azalaisdep
Nov. 28th, 2014 08:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you, hon. Right now I feel more like something you might find at the bottom of the bin than a treasure, so it's nice to be reminded that sometimes I have been known to make a positive difference to someone!
kaffyr
Nov. 28th, 2014 08:41 pm (UTC)
There are often treasures found at the bottom of bins, heaps, suitcases, chests, closets, and hiding under beds, too. May you soon start feeling better, and that "bottom of the bin" feeling dissipate, post-haste!
lost_spook
Nov. 28th, 2014 09:21 pm (UTC)


Glad you're having a nice day.
kaffyr
Nov. 29th, 2014 07:34 pm (UTC)
I had a great day, and today (Saturday) appears to going well, too!
ljgeoff
Nov. 29th, 2014 02:30 am (UTC)
Now I've got a warm glow going! This is a splendid post. Love to you! I had a wonderful day -- cooked up a storm and then served it all to kids and grandkids. Laughed at the *horrible* pie crust. I want to hug the whole world -- the feeling of content has spilled over on the day after and I plan to bask in it the whole weekend.

Edited at 2014-11-29 02:30 am (UTC)
kaffyr
Nov. 29th, 2014 11:13 pm (UTC)
It makes me happy to know that your Thanksgiving was a good one. You're braver than I would have been, cooking for all those kids and grandkids! (Hope they helped out, or at least washed some dishes. Heh.)

I rarely make anything other than "horrible" pie crust, you know ....
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