I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude during this time of Thanksgiving in the U.S. I spent some time talking with my sister about my father, as it was the first Thanksgiving in decades neither one of us could call him, and therefore a very strange day. I am grateful to my father for always encouraging me to concentrate on what was important in life, not on the petty woes and maelstroms that tried to distract one’s attention. He was impatient with procrastination, and would be proud to see that I am finally better about just doing what I dread. He loved to write, and imbued my sister and me with that love of communicating through paper and hand. We found his journals from several trips to Ireland when we were going through his papers last summer. We had not known that he had written about those trips and treasure those remembrances.
Unlike the crowd I had over to the house when we lived in Northern Indiana, Thanksgiving was a small gathering, just DH and No. 1 and No. 2 sons. We talked, we cooked, we ate in company (not the usual thing, with us all on different schedules). I basked in gratitude for good food and company.
I am also very grateful for my online friends. I appreciate the support and encouragement so many of you have given me through the years. I spent a lot of time last week letting go of my anger and injury, and embracing what I want to do in my life. I want to swathe myself in positivity and creativity.
My plans for the rest of the Round are to catch up with some of the online writing classes I have been taking. I want to go into more depth with some of the exercises, and keep honing my writing. i have drafted several blog posts on various subjects, but I haven’t been writing any fiction recently. I don’t feel stuck, but am planning more than writing at the moment. I hope to make the next steps into writing soon.
I hope all the NaNoers among us will finish and meet their goals, and that everyone is finishing up the Round in style. Please go visit all the RoWers, whom you can find here.