My late sister, Priscilla (standing) and I, on our grandfather Tucker's tire swing.
Circa 1963 (ages 16 & 9).
My daughter @ age 14
My two other daughters, fall 2004
I liked the idea of it. I became the surviving member of my family-of-origin after my mother's death in 2003. The experience of losing my last 2 family members in such close succession made for some interesting contemplation. I quit watching 24-hour news channels, spent more time in my garden in quiet contemplation. I think of my mother each and every day as I walk down the long hallway into my studio, and thank her for giving me back the gift of time to make art.
So, after reading Meg's list, I decided to begin my own:
The love of a good, kind man
Three loving, healthy, beautiful daughters
My own good health
An amazing, loving, family-in-law
A happy family (and this includes my dog)
Wonderful, supportive friendships
A good education and the ability to continue learning
Time to read them
A studio and supplies to make art, and the time and ability to create it
The capacity for great joy
An appreciation for the natural world
Clean, wonderful linen sheets
Art that satisfies and intrigues
Kindnesses from strangers
The insight not to take any of it for granted
Of course there is so much more. This is the all-encompassing version of it.
So, dear reader, what is on your own gratitude list? Please let me hear from you.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.