Before I head out for lunch and that deep-fried turkey, decided I wanted to do this after all. Recent threads have gotten me to thinking a lot about what I'm grateful for, over and above my usual "I'm grateful I don't have to deliver the heaviest newspaper of the year this week". Become a Complete Fool
I'm gonna type up only the stuff on the top of my head right now, then go for lunch and help a friend with some yard work, and hope that when I get back maybe y'all will have added your own.
I am grateful for my father, who gave me an awesome work ethic, a sense of personal responsibility, wisdom, strength, optimism, and faith in systems larger than myself (even if I rejected his version of godhood).
I am grateful for my mother, who gave me an illness which put all those good qualities to the ultimate test: a second chance at a life I thought had been lost some years ago.
I am grateful for my first-grade teacher, who understood about dyslexia even though it had not yet become a household word, and who taught me to read better than I had done before she'd met me.
I am grateful for my fifth-grade teacher, a perfectionist who taught me the wisdom of my father's advice to "consider the source". Cuz, see, I was expecting a dragon, and what I found was: those who thought she was a dragon were slackers who didn't want to work for their grades.
I am grateful for the nuns in the convent from my childhood parish, for teaching me compassion without weakness, love without disrespecting myself, and that joy and sorrow are a matched set.
I am grateful for the old-timers who took the time to teach me from their experiences, showing patience with my struggles, accepting me in spite of (because of?) my flaws.
I am grateful for every librarian who ever lived, lives now, and ever will live.
I am grateful for Ada Lovelace for her inspiration, both for being an awesome female mathematician and for writing error-free code for a machine which never would have worked, even had it been built, cuz in my own generation the ACM determined Babbage's designs were slightly flawed. I am also grateful for the long, long line of women mathematicians and computer scientists throughout history, giants upon whose shoulders it has been my privilege to stand.
I am grateful for my e-mail friend who remained a constant source of sanity, love, friendship, and acceptance during a time when I had cut myself off from humanity in one last, desperate attempt to fix myself.
I am grateful for my doctors, who helped me understand that determination and perseverance are not always enough, that one must understand one's circumstances properly before trying to set out finding a solution to them, and that what we think is going on is not always what's going on.
I am grateful for the scientists whose work has given me a hope for the second half of my life, a hope which was denied my female ancestors for lack of information and compassion.
I am grateful for my birthdaughter, who managed to be conceived despite both a high-dose oral contraceptive and my lover's vasectomy, for giving me a glimpse into a type of love and beauty I, a committed childfreer, would never have otherwise experienced.
I am grateful for my birthdaughter's parents, who were there for me when I needed their emotional support, and for giving my daughter what I could not give her, myself.
I am grateful for my friends, who have stood by me through the darkest of nights, despite all the hell I put them through, and showing me a light at the end of the tunnel.
I am grateful for having found TMF discussion forums when I did, because interacting with y'all has helped me find the words to explain many, many things I have long understood but did not know how to say.
I am grateful to have found a place that serves deep-fried turkey, so that I may run off now and try it without first investing in a lot of equipment and time.
And I am still grateful that I won't have to be delivering the largest newspaper of the whole year this week.
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Before I head out for lunch and that deep-fried turkey, decided I wanted to do this after all. Recent threads have gotten me to thinking a lot about what I'm grateful for, over and above my usual "I'm grateful I don't have to deliver the heaviest newspaper of the year this week".
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