Wednesday Vignette – Thankful

Maple lit by street lightTomorrow is Thanksgiving, so I suppose a little gratitude is in order. I’m generally happy and content. But when I really start thinking about it, the range of my fortune is almost a little embarrassing in its unfairness. In no particular order:

I’m thankful knowing that so far this year, I still have all my near and dear. Several friends  recently lost beloved family members – many brutally unexpectedly. My thoughts and love go out to them all as they face the emotional lows of the holiday-packed portion of the year without them.

I’m thankful that as opposed to the millions of people who have nowhere at all to call their “home”, I enjoy dual citizenships. Wish I could share it.

I’m thankful that I can buy a homeless person a meal here and there without breaking the bank.

I’m thankful that my kids still hug me, even though they are, by nearly all definitions, teenagers.

I’m thankful for friends and acquaintances whose insights and abilities to present data in a way I can understand, are also able and willing to present angles and perspectives that perhaps I hadn’t considered before.

I’m thankful I am reasonably free of phantom fears and other debilitating ailments when I assess the world around me.

Every day, I’m thankful that my husband not only  joins me in laughing at the warped comedy of life – he channels it. My own personal comedian.

I’m thankful for my work mates, who not only appreciate my strengths and tolerate my weaknesses, but also complement them. I’m also grateful that I can say that the reason I love my job as much as I do, is them.

I’m thankful that I can see beauty.

Happy Thanksgiving!







About annamadeit

Born and raised in Sweden, my aesthetics and outlook on life are strongly shaped by a culture rich in history and tradition. I care a great deal about environmental responsibility, and my aesthetic reflects the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia. I was trained as an architect at the University of Cincinnati and as a color specialist at the Scandinavian Colour Institute in Stockholm. I'm obsessed with plants and gardens, and aim to take my skill set a step further by designing gardens as well as interiors. As someone so aptly said: " Architecture is the skin that separates the exterior from the interior". So true - you can't successfully focus on one without incorporating the other. I'm also an avid cook, and I love to ski. In addition, I put time and efforts into trying to rectify things that I feel are wrong in my immediate community. As you will see, The Creative Flux will touch on all these things, and more. For sure, it's all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blog!
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30 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – Thankful

  1. NorthWalesTitchmarsh. (Malcolm) says:

    I do not usually respond to blogs but I just felt that what you said was so lovely warm and friendly that I had to comment. Those that are fortunate should be grateful for what they have and try to share.

  2. I am also thankful for you, Anna. You freely share not only your love of life and your work but you also gave me the opportunity to work in an environment that is healthy and full of snorts and giggles. And plants. xoxoxo Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. FlowerAlley says:

    I am thankful that you share the beauty you see. You are on of my treasured blogger friends. Have a lovely holiday.

  4. Alan @ it's not work, it's gardening! says:

    Always important to stop and remember what we have to be thankful for! Beautiful image btw — it’s messing with my brain! My vignette:

    • annamadeit says:

      It was taken last night, on my way home from a district-wide school meeting. It reminded me that there is still beauty in the world, even if so many other parts of it is broken.

  5. Wonderful post Anna, very good things to be reminded of – we are lucky! I should have titled my W.V. post “I’m so thankful” rather than “I’m so lucky”…I wasn’t thinking of the holiday…

  6. Alison says:

    You have lots to be thankful for. Me too! Here’s a link to my WV post:

  7. Gerhard Bock says:

    What a wonderful Thanksgiving message, Anna.

    Here’s my vignette: I’m grateful that California is finally getting a bit of precipitation.

  8. thankful to Alison Conliffe (Bonnie Lassie) for showing me how to get started with Wednesday Vignette on my blog (drama garden). thankful to Flutter & Hum for hosting. thankful i almost got a cup and saucer flower!

  9. Elvis says:

    I’m so thankful to have you as a friend, Anna! Your post is a lovely reminder of how blessed we all are, even when life feels too difficult to bear. here’s my Wednesday post:

  10. Luisa says:

    Terrific post, and a beautiful photo. You remind me that I have too many blessings to count. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Luisa! It would probably do us all good to remember how fortunate we are more often than just once a year, but it’s so easy to take things for granted.

  11. Jenni says:

    Hi Anna,
    What a lovely post. Gratitude is an amazing experience. Happy Thanksgiving. Here’s my contribution

  12. Evan says:

    Great photo and message, Anna. I’m thankful to know someone as full of life and humor as you. Here’s my WV post:

  13. thankful to join in with other garden bloggers. thank you Anna. thank you Alison Conliffe for inviting me to the party.

  14. Kris P says:

    I’m not sure which is more wonderful, Anna – your beautiful photo or the words that accompanied it. Thanks for hosting this lovely meme (even if I’m not posting this week). Best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving too!

  15. rusty duck says:

    Your photos are always an inspiration. Happy Thanksgiving!

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