Thursday, November 24, 2011

I really enjoyed reading all the thankful posts in the weeks leading to Thanksgiving and wanted to take an opportunity to write my own, but I will try to keep it short:

1. I am thankful for my parents who gave me a good start in life, helped me develop my strengths and always supported my choices even when they seemed less than ideal at the time. Thanks for the turkey recipe too, Mom. I miss you!

2. I am thankful for my teachers who challenged and encouraged me. I am thankful for a Soviet school system (yes, really!) that was designed to support and grow talented children. I am thankful for a free college education in the former Soviet Union that gave me enough skills to be quite competitive in the US workplace.

3. I am thankful for my ex-husband and his family who brought me here. Even though my first marriage didn’t work out, I am thankful for an opportunity to discover a new life in a new land.

4. I am thankful for making an outlandish choice more than 10 years ago, taking a paycut to become a traveling consultant for a small startup company in the Silicon Valley. That choice brought me where I am today.

5. I am thankful for an opportunity to travel for several years for my job, visiting many states of the United States and practically every country in Europe.

6. I am thankful for coming to California in 2002 “for a few weeks” and staying here for good. I am thankful for my diverse and tolerant neighbors and great climate of Silicon Valley

7. I am very thankful for my husband – an amazing man, a friend, a partner in good and bad times.

8. I am thankful for an “accident” that turned into a beautiful, happy and bright little girl. She is definitely a light of my life.

9. I am thankful for my friends who are there when I need them. I want to believe that I am also there for them when they need me most.

10. I am thankful for my health, because without it nothing above would be possible.

There are so many reasons to be thankful every day. I have to remember this simple thought as I am off to start my turkey.

10 comments:

Mom and Kiddo said...

Truly, many good things to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving.

Ticia said...

Truly a lot to be thankful for! And I learned a few things about you to boot :)

Happy Thanksgiving!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm thankful for the Internet that has brought so many diverse and interesting people into my life. I can't imagine we would have ever met otherwise - but I am glad to know you!

MaryAnne said...

This is a beautiful post!

I lived in Silicon Valley in 2002 - I taught high school near where you live now! Hopefully we'll meet in real life someday, but in the meantime I'm grateful to have you as a blog friend =)

Joyful Learner said...

What a great list! It's amazing how much we can learn about each other from the internet. Thanks for always leaving me a comment and sharing your story!

Kim said...

This is a wonderful list. I love that you are grateful for all of the good, and the bad, stuff, because it led you to where you are right now. And now is good. I feel the same...

Susan said...

What a great list, Natalie :) Happy Thanksgiving (a day late!)...I hope you had a wonderful day!!

Debbie said...

Great post! I am with Leah, I am so thankful that the Internet brought us together. I know that I sure look forward to someday meeting you in person.

Phyllis said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

I really enjoyed this post, Natalie! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. :)