Gray Matters — Thanks a lot
Belfast — With the Thanksgiving holiday coming and going over the last week, it seems many are pausing to consider all that they are grateful for in their own lives.
Since it's been the time of year for a little reflection and lots of appreciation, I thought it might be appropriate to talk about some of the things I've been thankful for over the last year.
While I sincerely doubt that I'll be nominated mother of the year anytime soon, I would be remiss if I didn't say I continue to be so happy and honored to watch my son Shane grow each year. I've learned a lot from that little guy, and not just how to be a good mom — he consistently teaches me the importance of making time to play as often as possible. I've gotten quite good at finger painting over the last seven years, I make a pretty mean Lego sculpture and I'd challenge anyone to top my ability to shoot an elastic band across my entire house. This is just a sampling of the activities my son and I share that remind me of how critical it is to do things just for the fun of it.
I'm very grateful for the fantastic friends I've made over the course of my life, and how well we've managed to stay in touch no matter how far away we all may be from one another. Over the years we've reveled in each others' success, lamented over our failures and mourned many losses together, and I can honestly say I would not be who I am today were it not for the quality of these relationships. So I guess the message — depending on how you feel about me — is you may want to acquire a list of these individuals so you can either a thank you card for helping to create the woman that which is me or send them a sympathy card for having to spend that much time with me.
I'm also thankful for the way things shook out for me this year, job-wise. As you all recall, myself and all other members of the former VillageSoup crew lost our jobs after the company suddenly shut down its operations in early March. That certainly put a kink in my plans, particularly the financial ones, but after hanging in for a couple of weeks I and several others were invited to return to work for Courier Publications, LLC, the new parent company for The Republican Journal. I went from being completely devastated at the idea of being unemployed and being unable to work as a reporter in Waldo County anymore to being elated at the idea of bringing The Journal back to the community. What a great memory to have; I will always look back fondly at that turn of events.
I'm more than happy to put the 2012 election behind me as well, as I am so happy to be able to watch the evening news or read a weekend paper without being bombarded with political advertisements. Now I just have to survive being inundated with Christmas-related ads, but I think since all that started before Halloween I've already started blocking that out — so I guess I should be grateful to have the ability to do so at will.
Overall, I think 2012 has treated me pretty well so far. It wasn't without its share of struggles, but I suppose without the hard stuff we'd be less likely to really appreciate the good when it does come your way.
So to all of the special people in my life, and to all our readers, know that I truly mean it when I say, "Thanks a lot."