Monday, November 19, 2018

I Haven't Done This In A While ...


So it has been a long time since I have done one of my "ten things" lists, and with Thanksgiving ... well, here ... I thought it appropriate to put another one out there. So, without further ado ... what follows is a list of the ten things I am very grateful for, in nor particular order. It should also be said that these are not the only ten things for which I am grateful; it is simply a list of the first ten things that come to mind.

It should also be mentioned that it may not actually be ten items. So let's dive in, shall we?


  1. Sleeping late. Under normal circumstances I have to get up at 6 AM every day to try to rouse a fourteen year old for school, so a week of not having to do that is a luxury beyond measure.
  2. Cruise control.
  3. Every once in a while conditions are just right and the stars align just so and I can get from my house to the theater forty minutes away without hitting one red light1.
  4. Homemade pasta that is cooked perfectly al dente.
  5. Going an entire day without hearing of one single idiot thing that trump has said or done2.
  6. I am currently the assistant director for Miracle on 34th Street, and one of the elves in the show is being played by a little girl of five who kinda has a crush on me. And every time she sees me she says she has a new joke for me, then giggles and runs away. Of course, she never does ... it's always the same joke3, but because she's, like, a bajillion kinds of adorable, it's all good.
  7. Being able to wrangle all the crazy schedules and preferences in such a way as to allow all six members of my family to sit down to dinner together, and sitting around the table for an hour or so afterward, just talking about whatever comes to mind, and not having to worry about the dishes.
  8. Having the skills, time, and resources at hand to completely demolish my living room and rebuild it even better.
  9. Netflix.
  10. Playing peek-a-boo with a random baby in a restaurant, and being rewarded with a giant smile with only two teeth.
  11. Finding an unexpected five dollar bill in my pocket.
  12. Generous friends who lent my wife a knee scooter when she tore the ligaments in her ankle, and allowed her to mount a bicycle bell on the handlebars.
  13. Paying for the person in line behind me at the Wawa, and seeing them reciprocate by covering the person in line behind them.
  14. My wife who, for some as yet unfathomed reason, agreed to marry me, and continues to put up with my ... uh, stuff ... to this day.
  15. My kids, who continually surprise me with their intelligence and fundamental humanity.

Okay, so the ten things turned into fifteen, and I actually had to stop myself. I guess that means it's been a good year.

Here's hoping that all of you have a wonderful holiday, and that you have a similar list (of whatever length), and that the coming year brings you health, happiness, and prosperity.

I gotta lie down.

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1It is important to note that, to date, this has never happened. But I keep hoping.
2Sadly, in the past two years this has never happened either.
3"Why did the cow cross the road? Because the chicken was on vacation."

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