It's Thanksgiving here in America, and there are so many things that I'm thankful for. I'm thankful for all the technology that connects me to those of you out there who are reading this. I'm thankful for my computers in particular, which reminds me that I'm thankful for a light that left us this year, the inimitable Steve Jobs. I'm thankful for my family, I'm thankful for my friends, I'm thankful that I get to homeschool, and I'm thankful that we live in such an abundant country and get to eat a wonderful meal of turkey (and ham, in our case) and mashed potatoes and vegetables and dessert (chocolate, yay!) and such.
I'm also thankful for things that have gone well for my friends and that remind me all the things I take for granted. So this year, I'm grateful for working refrigerators, dry floors...or just floors in general in another case, catalytic converters, and oven burners. I'm also grateful that my friend, whose father is about to pass on to whatever it is that happens after this life, gets to be up there with him and her entire family and to mark this transition with the meaning and connection that it deserves.
But one thing that really makes this Thanksgiving special, compared to all of them, is that today I wrote over 3,000 words on my novel, which takes me over the 50,000 word mark of words written since November 1. That also means that, in the eyes of NaNoWritMo, that I am an official "Winner." It feels very special to pass that particular milestone on Thanksgiving itself. That wasn't what I was planning, but it's the way things worked out.
The downside to this august occasion is that I'm still not close to actually finishing the book, which is my real goal for my writing for November. But I don't have a lot of commitments outside the house this long weekend, so maybe I can churn out a lot of the end in the next few days.
But whatever, I've earned that NaNoWriMo winner badge! As has my son, who has far exceeded his goal already (and his goal was double the word count goal recommended by the organizers) !
So I'm thankful that I'm a winner. I hope you can spend some time this weekend thinking about the ways that you and your family are winners, too!