Happy Thanksgiving! (Oh, the horror. I just imagined that in Effie Trinket’s voice, ugh. Oh, I just love that!) I thought it would be nice to write a list of things I’m thankful for, as I did last year, so here it is. I arranged it to spell out ‘Happy Thanksgiving.’
H is for humor. I think I want to be a comedian / humor writer someday, so I obviously appreciate humor. My favorite funny stuff includes Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson, The Far Side by Gary Larson, any of Bill Bryson’s books, and possibly some other things that I’m forgetting.
A is for awards. I received several the other for 4-H stuff because I’m cool. I received the Midget Award, the Epic Procrastinator Award, the This-Award-Is-Pointless-But-Write-It-On-Your-College-Applications-Anyway Award, and the Wow-You-Won-Lots-Of-Awards Award. I was very happy.
P is for parents. Even though you’re kind of embarrassing, I love you anyway. Thanks for being funny and helpful and smart and also for making cookies a few days ago.
P is for pasta. Pasta is delicious and one of my favorite foods because you can do so much with it. You can put it in a cheese or red sauce, with vegetables (OK, that’s icky) or seafood or whatever. Yummy!
Y is for YouTube. I meant to put something less shallow here but right now I can’t think of anything else that starts with Y besides yellow and yams. Since I hate the first and have never tried the second, YouTube it is. YouTube is very handy for finding adorable kitten videos, crying over scenes from my favorite movies, and endlessly listening to film scores. At the moment I’m listening to “The Final Chapter of Amelia Pond” from the Doctor Who Proms 2013 because I’m just awesome like that.
T is for tea. Tea is definitely not just for old ladies. (Or British people?) Even if you’re a weird American whose ancestors dumped boxes of it in the Revolutionary War, you should still try it because berry tea with lots of sugar in it is excellent.
H is for Harry Potter. Because even though I’ve more or less moved on, that series was important and a huge source of inspiration for little me. I used to spend hours reading the books, then pretending I was a character from them. They cheered me up when I was blue (and they still do) and they gave me the role models of both Remus Lupin and Rowling herself.
A is for air. Without it we would die. That is all I am saying. (Hmm, this alphabet thank-you thing is harder than I thought.)
N is for newspapers. Good issues amuse me with their political cartoons and letters to the editor. Boring issues get used to line the cat’s litterbox. So, they’re useful either way.
K is for keys. Without them, I’d be locked out of the house, so I’d have to sit outside in the cold until someone let me in. And because my family is mean (not really) they would probably laugh at me for a long time before they let me in because I’m kind of hopeless at real life and do things like getting myself locked out of the house.
S is for siblings. Questionable taste in music aside, Quentin is a pretty cool little brother. He’s very helpful, often rescuing me from the computer (or is it the other way around, poor computer?). He puts up with me when I babble excitedly about hobbits, The Hunger Games, David Tennant’s wonderful hair. He was the only person in my immediate family to have any idea that I was gay. He lets me do all kind of stupid things, like putting barrettes in his hair. My friends say Quentin seems kind of moody, Mr. Strong-And-Silent, but if you know him better you see that he’s actually rather sweet and smart, with a very good/weird sense of humor.
G is for grandparents. I don’t want to sound morbid, but I’m very glad that most of my grandparents are still alive because I would miss them a lot. They live nearby too, so I get to see them often. I love it when they make me laugh and tell me stories about their childhoods.
I is for imagination. On long car trips I’m often happy to just sit and stare out the window, imagining all sorts of things – aliens, where I’ll be in ten years, or having adventures in Middle-earth. My head is off in the clouds most of the time but I don’t mind that one bit; a big imagination comes in handy for writing.
V is for vacations. When I was little vacations always seemed superfluous. (Maybe I should have picked ‘V is for vocabulary words’?) I mean, there wasn’t much homework in second grade, let alone huge group research papers. There was hardly a need for breaks then but now I appreciate them so, so much more. I use them to, you guessed it, catch up on homework.
I is for Internet. Oh sweet lovely Internet, what would I do without you? You’re so helpful for email, research, procrastination, and loads more. [Blows a kiss to the Internet] Also ‘the Internet’ sounds boring so I’m going to name you Mabel. Thank you for being cooperative. Most of the time.
N is for nail polish. It looks pretty but more importantly, it smells really good. Sometimes I just sit there sniffing it – might be why I can’t think clearly to come up with any good ideas for N.
G is for grapes. Ha ha ha, no, I totally was not having a problem thinking of G things. Grapes are, um, delicious and they’re like little blobs of awesome fruity tastiness. Or something.
Now that the end of this post was somewhat of a fail, how was your Thanksgiving? What slightly odd things are you thankful for?