I am thankful for my family. I know that this sounds generic, but especially this year. It has been an all over the place year, and it starts with my parents. When I started my first full time job, they were both there the morning I left. When I moved in, I didn’t have to do much because they were there. When I was in the hospital, they were both there every day. When my grandfather passed away, well, they were there to help me then too, even though mom was dealing with her own grief too. On my birthday, which was probably one of the toughest days to get through for me, they made it a good day. These are the big things, but every single day, they are there to support me. I am thankful for the rest of my family too. Where to start? Well, there’s the grandparents, the aunts, the uncles, the cousins, the cousins once removed, the second cousins and the family friends who might as well be family. I got to enjoy seven full months of this year with my grandfather this year. I got to tell him about Boy & Girl Genius, and their funny stories. I may be devastated to have lost my first family member this year, but I got 24 years with four grandparents. That’s pretty damn sweet! I am thankful to all my aunts, being there for support and my uncles to bring laughs. Not that the uncles wouldn’t support me, it’s just that the aunts are better at it. I got more support this year from them, through private emails and cards on the hard days, and congratulations on the good days. My cousins are there for support, like most people have siblings. I love them for all their quirks, support, laughs and uniqueness. I don’t know where I’d be today if it weren’t for them (even though most of them are younger than me). And family friends, well, they’ve been there since the beginning too. Back when I was tired all the time from working and commuting way too far, they were there to love me and bring me back to life for Monday morning. And now that I am living super close to work and loving every minute of that, I still make the time for them, and them for me, and always leave with a smile on my face.
I am thankful for my friends. They are my backbone, my support, my shoulder to cry on, my group to laugh with, they are my everything. When I didn’t want to commute from NH to Boston every day, I lived with my roommate and her parents. I have reconnected with old friends this year, which I couldn’t be more grateful for. I have made new friends as well, and who can’t help but love new friends! When it seemed life was being filled with death, they were there to help me live my life to the fullest. I am thankful that I have friends on both sides of the country, and that I was able to see all of them this year. I didn’t think that would be possible, and it’s the best gift I could’ve given myself. When life seems to knock me down, these are the people who always know how to pick me back up.
I am thankful for my job. Granted there are days when my bed is comfortable and I don’t actually want to get up, but I look forward to seeing Boy & Girl Genius every day. I know that every day there will be someone to hold my hand, give me a hug and making me laugh. This week I was astonished when Boy Genius was talking about the differences between carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide (he’s seven). Other subjects we have talked about include manual transmissions, weather patterns, and building a remote control, battery operated car. And then I get to be Tinkerbell hugging stuffed animals with Girl Genius. Sure, there are days when I walk through the door and look at my roommate and say “give me a drink!” But they are few and far between. Mom & Dad Genius are also very supportive. When I was in the hospital, they almost brought the kids to visit me, but Boy Genius was sick too. They brought me to Utah, where I got to ski incredible powder, and that helped me reconnect with an old friend who lives there. When my grandfather passed away, they found places for the kids to go so I didn’t need to be at work. They are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. I thank God every day for the opportunity to work with this family.