Every Wednesday I trot into my local Vons market and laugh for a few minutes with my buddies who work there. It started months ago, on one of my first Wacky Wednesdays. The checkers liked my costume (and that day it was relatively simple—only a hat. A bird nest hat…). Soon it became part of my Wednesday routine to pop in and say hi. A few days ago several of my Vons friends joked around about whether I’d be dressed as a turkey today. It’s a reasonable guess, given that tomorrow is Thanksgiving. And given that I dress up in strange and playful outfits each Wednesday. And given that I love to make people laugh. And given that I have a giant turkey outfit in my closet. (Just kidding about that last one.) As I explained to my friends, this sounds fun but potentially could be dangerous. What if my costume looked really realistic? I wouldn’t want to the guest of honor at a turkey dinner. (Tip: if your place card is nestled in a bed of parsley on a giant platter in the center of the table, distract the guests by pointing a wing in the opposite direction--exclaiming, “Hey, look—what’s that?”—and then hightail it for the door.)
Anyway, cute as the turkey costume idea is, I had something else in mind. I decided to go with a concept that I’ve used a few times in recent months: wearing words on Wednesday. Wearing words is a good way to share my thoughts with others. That’s part of why I write this blog. But for those who see me but don’t know about the blog, I want to get my message across in a few seconds or less, which can be done if you wear words. Given that it’s Thanksgiving week, I want to wear my gratitude on my sleeve (and on the rest of my dress). I am grateful for a lot, and I want to express it.
I also have “thankful” on my headband. Originally I’d planned to have something different on my head. But plans were shuffled the last few days and I ran out of time. I’m human. As much as I’d love to create a Last Vegas caliber costume every week, sometimes I have to cobble together a simpler Plan B. On Sunday I played at the beach with two of our three kids, and I think that was more important than creating a memorable hat. Our beach day was fun and I feel lucky to have that choice. On that note, here are some more things I appreciate:
I am thankful for family, friends, and my community.
I am thankful for health, freedom and a safe place to sleep.
I am thankful for teachers, and all those who help others.
I am thankful for hope, because I know that many people don’t have it.
I am thankful for creativity and for laughter.
There are other things I could list but I’m keeping the list to a smallish number because it’s a busy week and tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I still have loads to do. You, too? Okay, well then it’s time for you to stop reading stuff online. You need to stop this endless Googling of “bad celebrity plastic surgery.” No more screen time! (After you finish reading my post, of course.)
Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!