I’m laughing out loud right now because this is my annual “thankful” post and the only thing I can think of is my dear friend Eric on his birthday two years ago saying “I AM SOOOO THANKFUL” as we walked home from “OUR NEIGHBORHOOD BAR” in North Berkeley. Memories to last a lifetime, let me tell you. And I am so thankful! For those friends and that neighborhood bar, absolutely. But also for many other things.
This year has been a lot of things. And next year is going to be a lot of things, too. And, I guess, hopefully every year is a lot of things. But this last and this next are part internship, part regular school, living in three cities, kind of bonkers nonsense. These last few months in particular, as we all began our internships, have been a time of incredible transition for me and for many of those I hold most dear. We have been pretty able to stay well-connected across the miles and time zones, and for this I am most certainly thankful.
I am ineffably thankful that the American people re-elected President Barack Obama. I am ineffably thankful that the policies of the second Obama Administration will move our many fights for equality forward.
I am thankful for my dear family, my visits with whom are getting to be few and far between. It is my great joy to spend holidays with my extended family and holidays plus regular life with my parents and brother and his boyfriend. Our giant family is so good at adding one more chair to the table and one more air mattress to the basement. At the risk of quoting Olive Garden, when you’re here, you’re family.
I am thankful for the opportunity to be here in Colorado, learning about living into this vocation from a supervisor who cares deeply for his people and for the future of the Church we call home.
And I would be remiss if I did not give a very loud, public thanks to all my dear friends across this country and world who are the number one reason that I can say each day is a great day to be alive. I miss each and every one of you each and every minute I am not with you. You bring me great joy. Oh, great joy.
And as is customary, the remainder of this post is a list of things for which I regularly give thanks—some serious, some not-as-serious.
Harry Potter (serious)
Chelsea Lately (not-as-serious)
Granny Smith apples (etc)
Tanqueray and tonic
How I Met Your Mother
SNL Weekend Update’s “Girl You Wish You Never Started Talking to at a Party”
The West Wing