To everyone celebrating, Happy Thanksgiving today! To all you lovely non-Americans, Happy Thursday! Since most readers will be enjoying holiday activities today, I thought I’d post this Thanksgiving Open Thread for anyone who’s able to escape from the madness for a few minutes and wants to say ‘hi’ to your DW family. Feel free to live-comment the Macy’s Parade, or the National Dog Show (Is that what it’s called? I’m too lazy to Google it right now), or just complain about how crazy your mother-in-law or crazy Uncle Carl is making you.
Also, since it’s Thanksgiving and all, I thought this would be a good time to list some things we’re all thankful for this year. I am thankful for so much! It’s been the least profitable year of my whole adult life if we’re talking mere finances, but in every other way I’ve been blessed with an abundance of good fortune. I’m thankful I was able to get pregnant so easily when I know how heartbreaking it can be to have difficulty conceiving. I’m thankful I managed to stay healthy enough through my pregnancy, despite some scary bumps in the road, to deliver a beautiful, healthy baby boy. I’m thankful I still have two living grandparents who now get to experience the joy of being great-grandparents. I’m thankful my mother’s knee operation (two days after Jackson was born) went smoothly and that the heart complications that were discovered while she in the hospital were managed and she’s doing well today. I’m SO thankful Miles is well and healthy today after nearly dying from a serious illness in September. I’m thankful for my wonderful friends who showed great support to me through my pregnancy and early days of motherhood. They threw baby showers, gave me hand-me-downs, sent lovely gifts, cooked us food, drove us to and from the hospital, and have come from near and far to visit and meet the baby. I’m thankful I am married to someone who has been so generous with his love and support — whose encouragement has been instrumental in the success of this site. If it weren’t for him, there’d be no Dear Wendy.
And, finally, I’m thankful for YOU. When I started this site ten months ago (to the day!), I hoped I’d have at least a few hundred readers a day. I hoped I’d get letters to answer and that people would comment on posts and that we could build something of a community here. Now, thousands of you read the site every day and you can see for yourself the kind of community you all have built. I’m thankful you care enough about other people to give thoughtful advice and to reveal so much of yourselves. Thank you to those who have trusted me with your letters and personal stories; thank you to those who help answer those letters with so much passion; thank you, thank you, thank you to my guests columnists and contributors, whose investment of time and talent has helped lend some texture to this site (and given me a little extra time to spend with Jackson during these early weeks of his life); thank you to people who have written such sweet and thoughtful notes of encouragement to me; and thank you to you many silent readers out there — your presence is felt (in more ways than just pageviews, although those are nice, too).
To everyone: thank you for your generosity of spirit. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday season!