Rolling in the Thanks by J J Dare

In my life, I’m thankful every day for the typical things: family, house, car, health, and so forth. I’m moved by Thanksgiving to reflect on a few of the other things I’m thankful for.

1. I’m thankful for coffee in the morning. Without it, I never wake up and am extremely boorish the entire day. Coffee is my java crack. Dunkin’ Donuts coffee is what I’d mug someone for, so watch out.

2. I’m thankful for cinnamon-vanilla creamer. It’s another muggable commodity to me.

3. I’m really thankful for my feet. You never realize how much you miss them until you don’t have them. Thankfully, I still have mine and they get me where I’m going and, occasionally, where I shouldn’t go. Thanks for staying with me, feet.

4. I’m thankful for sticky notes. Or, in lieu of sticky notes, paper and tape. I would take a pic of my desk area, but you can’t really see it because of the many notes attached to it. In fact, I’m beginning to wonder if there is really a desk at all. Like kudzu, the notes may have taken over and eaten the object underneath.

5. I’m thankful for the ability to tell when I should trash a story. As Dan used to say, you can dream of being an opera star, but if you can’t sing, you should find a new dream.

I really wish I could write a regular romance story. I can start it but it quickly veers off into suspense, murder mystery or supernatural. Maybe it’s a reflection of my own life – not the suspense, murder or supernatural, but the offbeat things that have happened to me through the years.

As in other endeavors in life, I’m thankful that most of the time I “know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em.”

Here’s a little Thanksgiving music to put you in the mood (yes, “Jingle Bells” was originally written in 1850 as a Thanksgiving song). This version is a mash-up from the wacky, weird, wonderful Dieter Meier:

What are you thankful for?

J J Dare is the author of two published books, several short stories and about thirty works-in-progress.

Current enthusiasm is sharpening intangible knives and co-authoring at Rubicon Ranch


Filed under life, musings, writing

2 responses to “Rolling in the Thanks by J J Dare

  1. Yes, J J, Thanksgiving: a time to reflect and give thanks, not only for the good in life, but for life itself, even for some of the struggles—because success should come with a few obstacles. Success, when it comes too easily, spoils us.

    Or to quote Tony Stewart, yesterday’s winner of the NASCAR race at Homestead and the 2011 Sprint Cup champion: “I’d wreck my own mom if I thought it would me win a championship.”

    But seriously, we should give thanks each and every day, for each breath we take is never promised. Life is what it is and we can make of ours what we wish; but Dave Matthews perhaps said it best in a lyric: “What I want is what I’ve not got, and what I need is all around me.”

    Best to you and your family this Thanksgiving and always. I hope you find that desk!

  2. I’m thankful for friends like you who can make me feel thankful. Wonderful post, JJ! I hope your Thanksgiving is peaceful.

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