This year was a hard one for me to think of things for which to be thankful at first glance. For me, this year has been so incredibly turbulent that I was struggling to think of why I was thankful. Even at Thanksgiving dinner, when I was asked what I am thankful for, my response was simply, “I don’t know.” Imagine loquacious, grandiloquent me, at a loss for something to say!
My struggle to find something for which to be thankful is rooted primarily in having had a tough month or so. As you know, we were shoved offline here at RAD due to extenuating circumstances. Even before that, I had been having a rough time of things with all the usual suspects at fault for this: financial stresses, familial stresses (causing quite possibly the most uncomfortable and awkward Thanksgiving in my life), work stresses, and so on. Autumn is always trying for me anyway; I hate the cold and the dark, two things that autumn offers in increasing quantities with every passing day. The season chagrins me and always has. I have historically associated it with the return to school, and even though I am no longer in school, the mere phrase “back to school” is a trigger for my heart to sink with despair. Now we are here on the verge of December and the chill will soon be hitting us in the North with full force.
Winter is coming.
But hey, it can’t be all that bad, can it, Cael? No, I suppose not. At least I have work stresses related to being employed, for one thing. This time last year, I was looking for work, and let me tell you, that is no picnic. Working has allowed me to save up some money for the onerous education loans I’ve accrued in my time since law school does not come cheap. I may have the kind of family that you only see in movies but that is only one half of my family. I have another family with my lovely girlfriend and we had a splendid little Thanksgiving together. She is the light of my life and the joy in my soul. Nothing would be the same without her and I praise my good fortune to be with her every day. I have my health, my liberty, and my ability to pursue happiness. These are things for which I am thankful.
I am also grateful for having this venue in this little corner of the Internet to bring you the things that make me smile. What has made me smile most recently is this Photoshop in a Target offering all sorts of bizarre Black Friday deals (I’m also thankful I did not go out into retail stores on Black Friday). Personally, I have never seen a possum be anything other than angry, even when using its Dead Ringer, so that was a superfluous description, but I have already made plans to name my free falcon Mordecai. To be perfectly honest, that was going to be the name of my firstborn (irrespective of it being male or female) but that is okay. I will have to name my first child Superfly instead (again, irrespective of sex).
I am thankful for having Insomnia Princess as my partner in this venture and having you as the reader. She and I will be starting recording sessions soon and we want you to join us in the fun of our podcasting adventures. I hope you do. Happy Thanksgiving!