Some people on facebook have been doing the 30 day give thanks status. I don’t know that I have 30 thanks to give but I do have enough for one day. I know that I am over 3,000 miles away from home and that I have a new thanksgiving tradition to start but I can’t help but think that its going to be a sad day without them.
So for my thanks, I want to start with my parents. I know that we have had our ups, downs, and so many memories that I will forever hold onto. I thank you both for the life that I have been privileged to have and hopes that in some way, I am able to give life to a child in the future. Thanks for always being there, even if it wasn’t all the time. Letting me learn from the things that I have done wrong and sharing the things that I have done right. Thank you listening to me when I needed someone to talk to the most and loving me NO MATTER what I decided to do. Mom, I know that we weren’t that close when I was younger but I have put a lot of effort into making a difference now. Thank you for being there no matter what. I know that we are on better terms now, and I really appreciate it. Dad, I know that I make you mad but children aren’t perfect. But thank you for being the best dad I could ask for. Thanks for grounding me for when I did something wrong. Letting me have freedom when I needed it. Thanks for being such a weirdo that even my guy friends in high school could hang out with you.
To my grandparents, whether they are here or gone. I thank all of you. Giving me a different type of love that my parents couldn’t give. Giving me more memories to laugh with then to cry with. I hope that you all feel that I have been there for you, the amount you all have been there for me. To my grandad’s who aren’t here anymore, in a safe yet beautiful place, I thank you both. For showing me things that will always help in my life. Learning that you can’t take everything for granted, that time might be shorter then you think. And even though you aren’t hear anymore, it still feels like you are. Saddens me to think that I can’t see you two in person, to hug you, for joking around. Grandpa Cliff, I have to thank you for all the news paper clippings that you have always cut out for me. That even though you cut them out, I never always read them but I always kept them with me. I still wish that I could hear you and see you, to hear you complain when we don’t use a plate or eat over the sink. If I could trade anything, turn back time, I would definitely want to see you again, on your last better day. Grandpa Bill, I know that my time with you was cut short and I wish I could have known you as I am now, but, thank you. For being the next best grandpa that I could have ever had in my life. And my grandma’s, I thank you both as well. For showing me that no matter what life gives you, always make the best of it. Grandma D, you always make me laugh with the things that you forget and always talking to yourself. I can remember all the times I would sleep over and I’m sorry I didn’t come over more when I got older but I will always love you. Grandma M, you are the best friend that I could ever have in my life. The saint Helen’s trip will always be as vivid as the day that it happened. I never laughed so hard since the day that you turned your back pack upside down. Trying to help you when all your things are rolling around on the ground and laughing was an interesting difficulty. I’m glad on all counts that I was there with you the day that grandpa passed away. Going through his things and letting me see the younger grandpa. We have been through a lot together and you have always been there when my parent’s couldn’t be. I love you, always.
My brother, you are the biggest pain in my ass, but what are siblings for. I have to thank you for everything you ever did for me. I know that we have been through some good things and some bad things together but we were always in it together and come out the other end together. I hope that life brings you happiness like it has given to me. I thank you for being my best friend and always being there. Remember being in Cancun when you forgot sunscreen on your face? you ended up so burnt. Good times. But remember the sunblock next time.
To my “step” parents, I know that you both aren’t married to my parents but you are in my life now, or like Gordon, have been for a couple of years now. I thank you both for making my parents happy. Something I haven’t seen in long time, I don’t mean that as they haven’t ever been happy since they met you. I mean it as, they haven’t been happier with any other person other then you two. Thank you for making them better people, giving them more happier moments then bad ones. Gordon, thanks for making me laugh at the most random things ever! and making the time I almost ran a stop sign in Portland something to laugh about. Michele, thank you for just being you. I can talk to you about anything. I will be honest and say that it hasn’t ever been easy letting other women into my life. But I am more then happy that you are in it now. Thank you for doing my hair when I couldn’t trust anyone else to do it for me. Thank you for adding you two kids into my life as well. I love you both.
Uncle W, Aunt T, Hana Banana. Thank you! for the last couple years, living at your house. Thank you for taking Jake and I to Disneyland for the first time. Thank you for all the good times that we have had, all the late nights playing the AWESOME phase 10 game. I don’t even have enough words to thank you guys for everything you’ve done the last couple of years. I love you guys!
To my Boyfriend. In this short amount of time we have known and been together, I have to thank you too. For everything that you do, have done, and will do. You have shown me that there is good people in this world. Thank you for always making me laugh and singing in the car. I won’t ever forget those moments because I do have evidence that you do it. I love you.
To the rest of my family, I thank you all. Even though we may not see each other for a long period of time, I still love you all. You have influenced me in different ways. Thank you being there no matter what.
In all reality, I did have enough thanks for the 30 day thanks statuses. Not enough to actually MAKE the full 30 days but I suppose I could have stretched it out a bit. This, I think, was THEE hardest blog to write, But I completed it.
Thank you, I love you.