Thursday, November 26, 2020

I am thankful

 Well, it's Thanksgiving. In 2020.

It's been a long, hard year dominated by the ongoing corona virus pandemic. 
Since the first stay-at-home orders were issued in March, the whole world has turned upside down. More than twelve million Americans have contracted COVID-19. Two hundred sixty thousand of them have died. Countless others have lost their jobs, their homes and their health care. The summer was filled with protests, and the fall brought us a deeply divisive election. It's been a year filled with disease, death, anger, chaos and so many cancellations.

Still, I am thankful.

I am thankful for my family, both near and far. I am thankful for our health and for Seth's good job, which he can do safely from home. I am thankful for my kids, who - despite everything - are doing so well in college and life.
I am thankful for these two good dogs. They bring so much love and laughter to our home.
I am thankful for all the horses that have taken me down the trail or around a ring, but especially Lucy, Stealth and Flynn. Together they have done wonders for my physical health and emotional well being.
I thankful for my barn friends, who make the best part of my day that much better. Truly, I don't know how I'd have made it through this year without our rides together.
Of course, I am thankful for all my other friends, most of whom I haven't seen lately.
When this is over, we're going to have the biggest party. It's going to be so amazing. I can not wait.
Finally, I am thankful for the model horse hobby, which provides me with so much. Truly, I feel blessed to be a part of this wonderful community of horse lovers, artists and friends. 
Thank you to everyone who's been a part of my life in 2020. It's been a tough year. I wouldn't want to live through it again, but I am still thankful.

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