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What I’m Thankful For: Yet Another Typical Thanksgiving Post

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.

President Abraham Lincoln on October 6, 1863

This year has been the most different year my life has ever had. I never ever would have imagined that I would, by the end of my 26th year, be an English teacher at a German university. While it is completely wonderful, there is also one huge drawback: I am 4,700 miles away from my family and friends. Because of that, this year, more than anything, I am thankful for the Internet.

Without the ability to talk instantaneously through cyberspace, the past year would have left me feeling much less connected.

Without the ability to send a digital image (which I am also thankful for), the past year would have made me feel left out.

Without the ability to compose a letter that is delivered instantly, the past year would have been much more lonely.

5 Other Things I’m Thankful For

  1. Friends who make me feel like I am truly not forgotten. For some, it seems like “Out of sight, out of mind,” but there are several who make me feel the opposite.
  2. Surprise letters. As much as I love and appreciate communication through email, my little heart skips a beat when I see familiar handwriting on an envelope.
  3. My husband. He is every thing I need and gives me a constant supply of laughter. We’ve now celebrated four Thanksgivings as husband and wife, and it gets better every year.
  4. Security. Rob and I have been saving and I have been working on controlling my spending, so for the first time in my adult life, I am not worried about money. It isn’t always fun or easy, but it sure is worth it.
  5. Humor. Even though the past year has been amazing and life-changing, it hasn’t always been (German) chocolate and puppy dogs. And what better way to brighten a dreary day than a nice belly laugh?

Question of the Day

Today’s question is a challenge. What is one thing that you are thankful for that I and the previous commenters have not yet mentioned? First commenter has it the easiest! Go!

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