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Thanks, Mom and Dad

My mom once joked that I make her look like my enemy on my blog. The force that I rebelled against as a youngster was my parents, so they get painted as the opposition sometimes. I'm proud of this rebellious streak, and attribute some of my success to it, but also know that I  would have none of what I have if it wasn't for them.

Even ignoring the all-trumping donation of their genetic material, my parents, along with the rest of my family, are unquestionably the biggest positive force in my life. Although it doesn't usually make it into sappy blog posts like this one, the truth is that every single day, I think about how incredibly lucky I am to have such incredible parents. If I dwell on the thought too long, I find myself fighting back tears of gratitude.

As someone who enjoys a huge degree of personal freedom, I am only now beginning to be able to comprehend the sacrifices that my parents have made for me. I was a difficult child even before I was born, giving my mother 36 hours of labor before finally popping out into the world. From that time until long after I left the house, she and my father put my needs above their own. It's fair to say that for most or all of that time, I didn't realize how profound this sacrifice was, let alone acknowledge it.

Thanksgiving in the USA

On My Life and My Writing

My Thanksgiving would have boring as all get out, if an acquaintance of mine, after church this past Sunday didn't ask me what  my plans were--I had none.  So, she  & her parents came over with home-made quiche & a 3-berry dessert.  For me, a very lovely day.

These are things I'm thankful for this Thanksgving:

*  that I live in a country, where there's freedom*  that though I use a manual wheelchair, I have mobilty & strength in my upper body

*; that I've got great friendships

*  for ALL the material goods that keep me comfortable and/or I have fun witho

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