This column was originally published in 2012. Some of the items listed are still things I’m grateful for. One in particular makes me laugh. That year my husband decided he, too, would tackle the marathon distance. He entered the Ogden Marathon lottery and was accepted. Three weeks before the race he realized that one 15-mile long run wasn’t enough training. He was right. I love him for his lofty goals. I love him more for accepting reality and not killing himself in the name of pride. Here’s to a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. No matter where your life finds you this year, I hope you find something that brings you joy.
Thanksgiving has transformed into my most favorite holiday of the year. There are no gifts to give. No cards to send. No over-the-top light displays blinking holiday cheer into the wee hours of the night. Don’t get me wrong. I love the busyness and flashiness of Christmas, but the simplicity of Thanksgiving simply can’t be beat.
Gathering around a table of food with family and friends has got to be the best idea mankind has dreamt up in a long time. Start it all off with a morning race or a blistering workout at the gym and I’ll take Thanksgiving over Christmas any day.
Of course, the purpose of the day is to give thanks. Allow me to throw in a few items I am particularly grateful for this year.