It’s that time of year when we are drawn into the centrifugal force of chaos called the holidays. My to do list has been eating me alive…return one more email, do another load of laundry, call the washing machine repair guy, wash laundry by hand, get those library books back up to school, attend the holiday music performance, pay bills, find work, do the work, buy new holiday clothes for Little Chick, cheer for football, scour the BCS bowl game predictions online, starve myself to fit into this one particular party dress, ditch the starvation idea and convince myself texmex food is South Beach Diet friendly, make the Christmas gift list (another list!)….and so on and so forth.
But in a few short hours I get on a plane and I am switching lists. Time to fold up the to do list and forget about what didn’t get crossed off. And in the spirit of Thanksgiving, it’s time to make a list of all the things for which I am truly thankful this year.
Specifically, I am grateful for:
- the fact that my daughter is so naturally sweet and soulful
- my mom for writing out her pumpkin bread recipe by hand and sending me a can of pumpkin to get me started
- my dad for giving me the Scott G2 5 weight for my birthday and the opportunity to catch some unforgettable trout on dry flies
- all the fishing I was able to do this year
- old friends from highschoool and college
- new girlfriends I’ve met here in Austin
- best girlfriends who lure me into long lunches with champagne and wine
- the Professor
- the jukebox at The Horseshoe Lounge
- Willie Nelson and Cross Canadian Ragweed and Seth Walker
- the people at Neuva Onda for knowing my breakfast taco order by heart
- the fact that Carolina beat Notre Dame and I was in Chapel Hill to see it
- the family who has invited me to spend Thanksgiving with them
- my grandmother for sending a little check to help Santa stuff the stocking
- all the raucous laughter
- anyone & everyone who reads this blog and all the new friends I’ve made through FFC
- this hunk of a brown trout who, for just one little moment in time, let me win
And the list goes on……
I hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving filled with family and friends and food and football. If you have a second to spare, break away from your to do list and help me keep this list going. What are you grateful for this year?