Giving Thanks – 2015

Thanksgiving 2015-2

If you are thinking that the bird in the photo above can’t possibly be turkey, you are right. That is a Cornish game hen – succulent English chicken stuffed with savory long grain and wild rice. This is Thanksgiving with the ‘rents, estilo-Casa del Gringo.


Today was a good day. I was able to sleep in, play with the dog, and eat well but not have to undo the top button of my pants. (I did take a nap, though.)

As we sat down to eat, my mom asked me what I was thankful for this year. “And don’t be sarcastic, either,” she added. “I resemble that remark,” I almost said, but bit my tongue. I realized that I hadn’t really given the subject much thought, but I managed to rattle off a few things about family and about the holiday spread we were about to consume.

As my meal was digesting, I took stock of my life and came up with a more meaningful list of things to be thankful for. I thought I’d share that list with you, along with a few images of fall in Tennessee.

Gristmill 1

Health: I am thankful that my family members are in good health. There have been days in 2015 during which I felt every one of my 40 years, but all in all, I really can’t complain on this front.

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Finances: I am thankful for the job that I have, and for the trust that my managers put in me. I am thankful to learn of my sister’s new job as well, and I am thankful that she and I will end the year in a much better financial state than we began it.

Near Weir Dam 1

Friendships: I am thankful for the friends I have, old and new. Friendship is ultimately about quality, not quantity, but my friends in Mexico, Tennessee, Chicagoland, and elsewhere mean the world to me. Thank you all for being in my life…I couldn’t do this without you.

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Molly: Speaking of friendships, I am thankful for Molly the Dog. She is my daily ray of sunshine, and is a shining example of man’s best friend (despite the occasional diva moment). Molly lightens up any room that she enters, and she brightens up the darkest of days.

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Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for?

Author: gringopotpourri

Gringo - aka Scott - was born outside of Chicago and has lived most of his life in or around big cities. He spent two years of his adult life in Mexico City (talk about big cities!) and fell in love with Mexican food, history, and women, all while weathering the culture shock. Life's journey has since brought him to rural Tennessee, perhaps the biggest culture shock of them all. Scott also enjoys movies, hiking, and travel in general.

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