It’s Thanksgiving here in the US this week. The last few years I’ve tried to be very conscious and aware of all the things I have to be thankful for, because the list is big. So, I’m going to spend this week thinking and writing about some of those. Tonight, I think I’ll start with the big things.
3 years ago today I was home feeling lousy. We didn’t know it at the time, but I was about two months from going into the hospital with bacterial meningitis. Fortunately, I got better – with the help of a lot of people. I’m very thankful to them. I’m sitting here, right now, at my computer, with 3 subcutaneous needles in my belly, getting an infusion of Hizentra, the medicine that I get weekly that provides me with an immune system. I am incredibly thankful to be sitting here with these needles, and this medicine, in our house.
On the other side of the house, my wife is sleeping, and my son is in his room, probably pretending to sleep but really watching tv on his iPad. In the room next to him, our exchange student Tommaso has just turned out his light to go to sleep. Tonight I got to sit in the family room with Max and Tommaso and laugh with them as they played video games together. I’m very, very thankful for these 3 people.
Also, tonight, on the other side of the planet, my daughter is sleeping. In fact, as I type this, she’s only a couple of hours from waking up and starting her day, because Espoo, Finland is 7 hours ahead of us here in Michigan. One of the things I’m incredibly thankful for is the wonderful host family she is staying with, and her friends there. I’m grateful for our iPhones, and the internet, and the technology that allows us to stay connected even though she’s so far away – things like the app “Line”.
Today I laughed – a lot – while texting with my brother, sister and mother. This is nothing new – we text all the time, and they remind me how lucky I am to have a funny, thoughtful family.
This weekend, at Williamston Theatre, we had a very successful weekend of preview performances of The Nerd – the houses were packed and the laughs were plentiful! Earlier today, I got to attend the first Production Meeting of our next show, A Painted Window, and the designer/director discussions about the piece were fantastic. Tomorrow, I get to have my first designer discussion about the next show I’m directing, 1984, and I cannot WAIT! I’m so thankful for my job, the opportunity to do what I do, and the chance to work with some of my closest friends in the world while doing it.
Those are the big things. They’re also the tip of the iceberg when it comes to things I’m grateful for….. and that’s something else I’m grateful for!