In the States, today is Thanksgiving, a day originally about giving thanks for the harvest, but often a day to be thankful for anything you like. It’s commonly referred to as Turkey Day, because that’s the traditional main item on the menu. More often, it’s a day of binge eating that results in a blissful food coma and a promise to oneself not to do it again… until Christmas. After that, is the obligatory New Year’s resolution to exercise more and generally stop eating like a grizzly bear.
For those of you who are anti-turkey, you’ll be happy to know some are celebrating Turkey Free Thanksgiving. Technically, Philippe and I will be celebrating this one as we’re just having a piece of farm-raised chicken instead. We don’t eat that much meat so a single turkey would outlast our ability to consume it. If you are not in the States today, or simply don’t care about turkeys one way or the other, it’s also Cake Day, so you might try that one!
Several years ago when my dad was still alive, he and my brother-in-law tried to deep fry a turkey. I say tried because while they were sitting next to the huge vat of scalding peanut oil, they were also consuming beers and chatting. By the time they rescued the poor turkey it was black as night and roughly the size of a quail. My mom wasn’t pleased, but calmly mashed some extra potatoes and moved on with the meal.
I rather like the idea of giving thanks for anything and everything in your life. Though we should probably do this every day, it’s a nice reminder to stop and think about what really matters most in life. I am, of course, thankful for Philippe, who’s currently cooking while happily singing along to Spotify’s Thanksgiving playlist, and our dog Phineas, who marched upstairs earlier rather pissed off because he was told he couldn’t have any of the food he smelled.
Beyond this, I’m thankful for all of you. Your support for Doodlewash has been amazing over these past few 4 and a half months since the site launched! It’s truly a labor of love and it’s very challenging some days to paint and write, but knowing you’re out there watching and reading my silly stories keeps me going.
And I’m tremendously thankful for all the fabulous Guest Doodlewashers who have shared or are about to share their personal stories and phenomenal art on this site. Very soon, there will have been 100 of you featured on doodlewash.com, sketching and painting all over the world – on all 7 continents! (still pretty cool that Antarctica made the list. Thanks again, Lucia!)
No matter where you are in the world, I hope you too are thankful for everything good in your life and are celebrating each and every day with the people you love.