Jewish Journal


by Ilana Angel

November 26, 2014 | 7:14 pm

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and gratitude for the blessings in our lives. I try to be grateful everyday but Thanksgiving is special because we are all being grateful together. Since this is my 48th Thanksgiving, I am going to share 48 things I am grateful for, in no particular order, except for #1 because he is always #1.

1. My Wonderful Son
2. Fiddles the Cat
3. Faith

4. God

5. Possibilities
6. Friends
7. Canada

8. Keeping the Faith

9. Keeping it Real

10. Chelsea Football
11. iPhone

12. Shazam
13. iPad

14. Manicures
15. New Girl

16. False Eyelashes
17. Vegetarianism

18. Television
19. Kleenex

20. Chapstick

21. Hope

22. Sarcasm

23. The Troops

24. Matzo Ball Soup

25. Cinderella by Sir Kenneth Branagh
26. Love

27. Forgiveness

28. Patience

29. Massage

30. Merlot

31. Flowers

32. Rain

33. Memories of My Dad

34. My Mom Visiting
35. Sushi

36. Laughter

37. Sleeping

38. My Heart Fluttering
39. Hugs From My Son

40. A Great Kiss
41. Home

42. A Good Hair Day
43. My Brother & Sisters
44. Cooking
45. Motherhood
46. Prayer
47. Tea

Thanksgiving is a wonderful day and I will enjoy spending time with friends and being grateful for my blessings. Special prayers go out to our troops who sacrifice so much for us to have this day. God Bless them and their families. Prayers also to the families of Michael Brown and Aldred Wright. Love to my son, my everything.

I hope those who celebrate Thanksgiving have a day full of family, friends, and delicious food. Be kind to a stranger, help someone in need, hug your kids, get someone else to do the dishes, and remember life is a blessing. I am thankful for my life, excited for the future, and grateful for the past. I am thankful.

I am thankful to be my son’s mother. Thankful to have lovely friends. Thankful for the love I am shown by my readers and grateful for the hate directed to me because it makes me stronger. I am thankful for my family and for strangers who through my work have been inspired to laugh, cry, and think.  Remember that no matter how long your life is, it is never going to be long enough, so be happy and keep the faith.



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Ilana Angel writes two blogs for JewishJournal.com. KEEPING THE FAITH is about her worldview as a single Jewish mother, and KEEPING IT REAL is all about reality television....

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