Today I am grateful for the inner strength I have gained over the years that allows me to realize, when I'm behind on NaNoWriMo because life got in the way, that not writing for a couple of days does not make me a failure, only a person who will have to work harder for the rest of the month to meet the goal.
I am grateful that our society (largely thanks to unions) structures its workweek so I have not one, but TWO days to be at home with my family each week. Happy Friday! I'm also grateful I don't suffer from triskaidekaphobia and that I know Robert Englund is really a sweet little lizard alien and not the unholy son of a nun raped by a gang of mental patients.
I am grateful to our veterans who have served our country in their many capacities, and also to the many, many civilians who also serve in underpaid, underappreciated jobs that are critically necessary to our society. Teachers, nurses, child care workers, social workers, librarians, police and fire officers, I'm talking to YOU!
I am grateful that the voters in my city and county saw fit to fund sane(r) drug policy and school infrastructure in this latest election. The COMBAT drug tax has seen my city go from "the meth capital of the world" to a liveable, workable working class city with a great deal of history and character. It has funded alternative courts for mentally ill and addicted criminals, and several excellent treatment programs.
I am grateful for the help that was available to me when I needed it most, that helped me get a roof over my head, go back to school, pay for daycare, food, and medical care, and supplement the meager income I made waiting tables, that enabled me to be the comfortably middle class, well educated person I am today.