Much To Be Thankful For by Shannon

It’s Thanksgiving week and I have much to be thankful for.  I wish Thanksgiving weren’t such a “food” holiday.  Until a few years ago every holiday was a “food” holiday for me.  Then I lost 100 lbs, which you can’t do unless you give up the idea that everything good is accompanied by food.  Trust me I did extensive research on the topic. After I lost the weight I tried to find new associations for Holidays, new traditions to take the place of eating, smelling, tasting.  100_45951.JPGThen I got pregnant and all bets were off.  5 years later and I still have 25 of the 100 original pounds to loose.  I used to say that you can call it baby weight until they go to preschool, now I’m thinking of changing it to college.      In any case, here I sit 25 more lbs to lose, so obviously I won’t be chowing down on Thanksgiving, I have a child on a gluten free, casien free, soy free, sugar free, yeast free, artificial color and flavor free diet; there’s very little left that’s Thanksgivingy.  My husband is even going sugar -free this year.  I was clinging to the hope of watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, I think of it as a mini Tony awards with large balloons and marching band interludes.  Someone pointed out to me today that as Broadway is dark, the shows may not be performing in the parade. 

     I’m desperately trying to come up with another way of celebrating Thanksgiving, maybe by actually giving thanks.  So here goes:  I am thankful for my wonderful husband who laughs at my jokes, even when they aren’t funny and who makes me laugh when I need it the most.  I am thankful for my wonderful son who is continuing to kick autism’s butt, I am grateful for his tremendous progress.  We took him to the mall tonight to sit on Santa’s lap and I rehearsed with him the whole way – What are you going to say when you sit on Santa’s lap?  Over and over until I was sure he had his answers down cold, then as we were walking into that mall I asked one more time – What are you going to say to Santa, he looked up at me and said “I wuv you Santa!”, which by the way was not what we rehearsed.  Then after all of that he got on his lap and said “Hey! Where’s you toy bag?”  I truly love that child.  I am thankful for my health and my friends and family.  I’m thankful for the roof over my head and for my ability work from underneath it.  I am thankful for all of the wealth that is coming my way.  I am especially grateful for the Publisher’s Clearing House which has assured me that I am in the final running to win $7 million on Thanksgiving Day.  It could happen!  Now that would make a nice new tradition that had nothing to do with food!

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