Thursday, November 27, 2008

Giving Thanks -- Eve

The other day I read a funny article by Stephen King where he described all the things he was and was not thankful for this last year. It got me thinking about my "Thankful For" and "Not Thankful For" lists I've had over the years.

When my sister and I were kids, our family spent every Thanksgiving with the "Sycamore Street" neighbors. We were lucky to have a block full of kids my age and young parents who were all best friends. Every year, after hopping through potato sack races and watching the Twilight Zone marathon and overdosing on Tryptophan, we'd go around the table and discuss what we were each thankful for. When I was 4 years old, I chatted nonstop about how thankful I was for my big wheel. When I turned 13, I gave thanks for Duran Duran. At age 18, I was thankful for light beer and all-you-can-eat dorm food.

As my sister and I sit here this Thanksgiving week and reminisce about all the holidays past and thanks we've given, we marvel at how much we have to be thankful for now that we're all grown up.

Amy and I agree that this year we are very thankful for:

our wonderful family
good friends
eternal support of the Disco Mermaids
frequent flyer miles
South Park
sweat suits
Christian Bale
Ugg boots
plumping lip gloss
polar fleece
satellite radio
gummy fish
Dave Eggers books
Judd Apatow movies
Reno 911
heated car seats
intact memories

Things we are not particularly thankful for:

that bailiff dude who thinks Amy looks like Celine Dion

Tonight when we asked my 9-year-old nephew what he is thankful for, he had to think for a long time. Finally, J.B. decided he is thankful for:


He added, "That pretty much covers everything!" Then he said, "But you should know I am not thankful for shots, needles, or leeches!"

For the most part I agreed with him. Until I remembered that shots, needles, and leeches are the exact things that enable Demi Moore to defy the aging process. I think I'll add those three to my "Thankful For" list.




Suzanne Young said...

HAHA. I love the lists! And the Demi Moore comment! You are hilarious!

I'm thankful for my awesome mermaid friends!!!!!!

And my family and the TONS OF FOOD I WILL EAT!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!!!

Disco Mermaids said...

Oh yeah...puppies, polar fleece, and South Park.

Life is good.

Love ya!


Christy Raedeke said...

I'm just gonna print out this list to read at dinner tonight - ditto on everything!

Happy Thanksgiving Mermaids - I'm thankful that I am able to call you friends.


Sarah Laurenson said...

I'm thankful for my problems of abundance and the ability to help make other people's lives just a little bit brighter.

Love your lists - especially the needles and leeches. Very funny.

Miriam S.Forster said...

Hee, hee... You mermaids always make me laugh...

I am thankful that, though I have to work on Black Friday, I work in a coffee shop and not at Target.

I'm also thankful that this removes any motivation that I might have had to go shopping on Friday.

I am NOT thankful for needles or leeches, regardless of what Demi thinks. :-)


jennie said...


LOVE your lists! You have SO MUCH to be thankful for -- and you are!!!

I'm thankful I met you, that we shared Lucky Room #7 at Big Sur, that you read my MS.

You are magical, Eve, and things will come to you!

Come up to Ashland tonight for the Festival of Lights. You'd love it!