Giving Thanks

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Every year I cook a big Thanksgiving meal, even though we have been living in the UK for 11 years now. Of course, since it isn't celebrated here, we have to do it on Saturday-- no one has Thursday off work. Still, it is really special.

I love that it is a family tradition that I can share with my kids. I mean, we went out to watch the fireworks on Bonfire Night and all, but it is nice to have a tradition from home, one that I remember from when I was a little girl hiding under the table while the women cooked, listening to their conversations and enjoying the amazing scents coming from the kitchen. I mean, seriously, does anything smell better than fresh-baked pumpkin pie?

This year it will be a little different for me. I have the Thursday off and so does my hubby. Only because I am having knee surgery on the 26th. Yuck. Now don't get me wrong, I have needed this surgery for the better part of my adult life (it really is beyond time that I go through with it) and I am really excited that after a couple of months I should be able to start running again.

I just hate that it is on the week where I usually park myself in the kitchen for the weekend, blaring country music, while I prep and cook. I have already told my hubby he may need to help prop me up against the stove because I still desperately want to cook. Of course, once I am doped up on painkillers, I might have to reconsider...

So this year, in light of my pending surgery, I am thankful for a lot of things. There is the usual-- my family, my kids, etc.-- that pretty much everyone I ask states at this time of year (and I am in no way trying to make light of how important these things are), but this year I have a couple more unusual things to be thankful for.

I am thankful that I live in a country where I can get my knee surgery without worrying that I will have to take out a second mortgage to afford it. The NHS is far from perfect, but when you are in pain pretty much daily, you will find perfection in the smallest gestures. For example, my MRI was so bad that they decided to send me through private care to reduce my wait times. Yes, the process has still taken months, but it could have been a whole lot longer.

I am also thankful that I have a job where I am not afraid to ask for time to heal. My boss has offered to let me have the time off as needed, but also to let me work from home as needed, too, until I am able to drive and walk from the car park to the office. Mind you, he is a pretty awesome boss (he negotiated a massive promotion for me last week).

So, while I am weary of going under the knife, I don't have to worry about paying for it or losing pay during recovery. Those are two things to be incredibly thankful for in today's economic climate. What about you? Do you have anything out of the ordinary to be thankful for this year?

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