It's time to count our blessings. The pilgrims had it right when they decided after all the blood, sweat, and tears that they must take the time to pause. To celebrate. To give thanks for this new world that they worked so hard in creating. To feast upon the fruits of their labor- a feast so plentiful as to mirror the enormity of their gratefulness. I wonder what they would think of this new world now? Would they shake their heads in wonder, disgust, bewilderment, bemusement, or just plain shock at what they had started evolved into what we are today? I don't know. I think they just might jump for joy when they spotted duct tape. Just think of the problems that could have solved back then! Oh, sure, this technology has made many of us fatter and maybe even dumber necessitating that perhaps we hold back a bit on the feasting part. But really...they could not have even dreamt that we, bright and caring and perserverent Americans would create medicines to prevent and cure illness, roads easily travelled everywhere, and planes to take you to far away lands ( California) in less than 3 hours. This same America allows for Sarah Palin and Lady Gaga to coexist. Will wonders never cease? But this Thanksgiving, when it's hard to take in the enormity of what we have become, I like to look closer to my own home. And aside from those truly miraculous blessings of family and health, here are a few things I don't take lightly:

1. Coffee
2. Mr. Clean Magic Erasers
3. Modern Family
4. Colors and paper
5. The family table
6. Firewood

The list could go on, but it will be more fun for you to make yours.

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