the Unending Journey of the Wandering Author

A chronicle of the unending journey of the Wandering Author through life, with notes and observations made along the way. My readers should be aware I will not censor comments that disagree with me, but I do refuse to display comment spam or pointless, obscene rants. Humans may contact me at thewanderingauthor at yahoo dot com - I'll reply as I am able.

Location: New England, United States

I have always known I was meant to write, even when I was too young to know the word 'author'. When I learned that books were printed, I developed an interest in that as well. And I have always been a wanderer, at least in my mind. It's not the worst trait in an author. For more, read my writing; every author illuminates their heart and soul on the pages they write upon.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

the Wandering Author's Thanks This Year

On Thanksgiving Day, it seems appropriate to pause and give thanks, at least briefly, for those things we may not always appreciate as fully as we should. First, of course, I am thankful simply to be here on this earth. Most of us take it for granted, but life is a precious gift, and one without which we could not enjoy any other. I am thankful for Zachary Michael, my grandson, who was only recently granted this gift.

I am thankful for Andre, my son-in-law, who joined our family this year. I am thankful for Carol, a cousin who lives in Ireland and who I met for the first time this autumn, and for the rest of my family, those I'm close to, those I've met, those I've only written to, and those I've never had the chance to meet. I'm thankful for all the wonderful cats I've had the pleasure to know and love over the years, and especially for those who are sharing my life now.

I'm thankful no one lost their life, or was even seriously injured, in yesterday's explosion in Danversport, a result that seems miraculous. I'm thankful for all the writers and bloggers I've met this past year, as I began my own blog. I'm thankful for a wonderful new job, doing something I believe in. I'm thankful that it seems there may be a slight chance I will be able to finish NaNoWriMo after all, and that the novel I'm working on, although it will require extensive editing, does seem to have the potential to be an interesting book.

Finally, I'm thankful for so many little things it is impossible to list them all, tiny little bright spots. There are so many things in our lives that we enjoy but seldom stop to give thanks for. For various reasons, I'd given up using fountain pens a few years back, and just bought new bottles of ink and filled a few of my old pens so I could use them again a month or so ago. I'm thankful for fountain pens, and especially for my brand new, beautiful transparent amber Pelikan M250 fountain pen which arrived on Tuesday.

It may not seem like much, and there certainly are greater things to be thankful for, but whatever your "fountain pens" are, whatever holds that place in your life, don't forget to be thankful even for the small things, for the birds chirping in the bushes as you stroll outside, for the taste of a chocolate eclair, for a bottle of root beer, for whatever little things make each day a joy. Take the time to notice them, to enjoy them, and to be thankful for them.

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Blogger Susan Abraham said...

A thoroughly precious and well-thought out post, WA. I feel I've known you a long time and consider you special in my list of new friendships to cultivate.
And the stories you have shared with us of family life...all seem suddenly familiar and real to me; the cats, your irish cousin, your first grandson, son-in-law and all that. All of whom are a part of you.
And I stay very thankful for having you as a friend, a fellow-writer and a heartfelt, industrious, WA.
I'm glad you're one of the few people I can say,
God Bless, to and know that like me, you believe in this Higher Power.

November 24, 2006 3:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although we don't celebrate Thanksgiving this side of the pond, I think I would echo the sentiment of many others who will simply thank YOU for visiting, commenting and supporting us this year. Personally, it means a lot to me.

November 24, 2006 5:25 AM  
Blogger Susan Abraham said...

Hi again WA,

and I meant to say,
...a heartfelt industrious critic...

November 24, 2006 11:40 PM  
Blogger Thy said...

happy thanksgiving, WA.

November 25, 2006 9:11 PM  
Blogger Cai... said...

Well... no thanksgiving here either... but thanks ;P for ur words carved with feelings...

November 25, 2006 11:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having just read your comment over at Susan's joint...I thought I better come by and, despite my tongue in cheek comments previously, wish the cat a speedy recovery!

November 26, 2006 3:51 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

WA, You have captured them all in a wonderful way!

You have made me stop and give thanks for the little things also. You and I both share in getting new grandsons recently. Isn't it wonderful? Nothing better in life than having grand children!

I'm also thankful that I have a chance to read your wonderful words!

November 26, 2006 4:19 PM  
Blogger ipanema said...

kiwbrmsgBeautiful post. I hope you had a good thanksgiving! :)

November 26, 2006 6:19 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

I wanted to tell you that I am having another writing challenge. The details are on my blog. I hope you will join us again!

November 27, 2006 12:28 AM  
Blogger Miss Kitty said...

Hope your Thanksgiving was a wonderful one, WA. I wish you continued luck and perseverance on your NaNoWriMo endeavor. I'm not participating, but the whole thing has me inspired to begin a non-fiction book that I've long been thinking about.

November 27, 2006 12:23 PM  
Anonymous Sharon J said...

I've read quite a few 'thanksgiving' posts but this was one of the better ones. All too often we take our lives and those who fill it for granted and we shouldn't, as you know. A blink of an eye is all it takes for everything to change.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Your post meant a lot to me :-)

November 30, 2006 5:56 AM  

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