It's that time of year when families gather together sharing thanks for everything they have. Good health, shelter, food, a job, each other. If you really think about it, we all have something we can give thanks for.
Social Media sites are filled with "I'm thankful for ...." and listing something to share with others. I have a challenge for you. This year, why not share the words 'I'm thankful you are a part of my life' with at least one person every day.
Some folks make a habit of being thankful. A kind smile to the harried clerk at the check out. A 'Have a Good Day' to the waitress who brought you your morning coffee with a smile. A helping hand to someone who needs it. These are all just little things but you never know what that might do for another person.
I'm also reminded of loved ones gone on at this time of year. One year ago today, we lost my husband's mother. She was a remarkable woman with a huge heart. She welcomed me into her family 43 years ago and always treated me as a daughter.
I'm also reminded of a someone I barely knew who had a profound impact on the world of LBGQT romance authors and readers. Ethan Day left us early this month suddenly. It was a shock to lose someone so young and so vital to this community. My heart ached for those who had counted him as a friend and confidant. He left his mark on our community and the world. I'm sure GRL (Gay Romance Lit Event) will continue but the part he played will never be filled and he will be missed.
So, I'm thankful for my husband and my two amazing adult children. For my parents, now in their 80's, who have meant so much to me over the years. I'm thankful for the MM romance community and the authors that have become more than just friends. More than anything, I'm thankful to live in a country where even when I don't agree with everything going on, I can live my life as I see fit. I can chose to be filled with hate and anger or love and kindness. I think I'll chose love and kindness. How about you?