Tolkien, artist

Many Thanks

It's been a turbulent year and as I approach Thanksgiving, a day that I do commonly call "Turkey Day", I did want to take a short amount of time for reflection and true thankfulness because sometimes a person needs to do that. I go.

Thank you for unfriending me -
OK, I know that sounds totally strange. Why thank anyone for unfriending someone when it is supposed to be a cutting of the Gordian Knot, an end of friendship, a cessation of commentary and interplay. Well, although I miss three of the five people who decided they were no longer interested in me, I still gained from them and the time they had taken with me in earlier times to improve my writing. There are two people that I really don't miss and wouldn't consider refriending in the future, but three that I would happily open the doors for once more, as stupid as that might be. Don't worry though - I doubt the occasion will arise.

Thanks for inspiring me -
There are several people on this list who have been tremendous support and inspiration to me throughout this year. People that I truly can't imagine being without in my life at this point. People that I would go out on a limb for and try to help in any way I possibly could if they sent out a call for assistance. These are the people that make the effort worthwhile. These are the people that I write for and that I blog for. These are my friends and they are amazingly diverse, talented and creative people.

This lovely picture is by Nik Helbig

Thanks for having my back -
There are friends I have had for years - many, many years. Some I grew up with, some I met in school, some I chased after, others chased me. They are my best friends, the ones who know where all the bodies are buried. Some even go back to those horrid days when my mental stability was anything but stable. They are my foundation, my support, and the ones who lift me back up when I fall down. As I grow older I try to be more careful about those emotional pratfalls, I've learned that the ground beneath a prone body is deadly and dark. They are always there to hold out their hands and help lift me back up. I wouldn't be here without them.

And finally, thanks for being my very best friend -
As many times as my DH drives me crazy, as many times as we communicate badly and seem to operate at cross purposes, he's been my best friend since we began sharing a house in 1977 and as many times as he's had me in tears, he's pulled me out with humor and love. I've been completely blessed to share his life - at least most of the time - LOL.

And so, I wish each of you a very joyful Thanksgiving. Forget the Pilgrims and the Indians, the genocide of America and the over-commercialization of the holiday. Concentrate on what it really means. It is the giving of Thanks, and that is well worth a day and a turkey. 
*tackle-hugs you*

Thanks for the last point in particular. I think that's a really important thing that a lot of people forget. Myself included. Thank you for being there to remind me, and for being you.
Thank you right back. Our friendship has grown over this past year and I've enjoyed the direction it's been going :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
Thanks for all your support and friendship, too. *hugs* I hope you'll have a nice Thanksgiving day. :)

P.s. I could also say something about broken friendship, about something that happened earlier this year... but no. I won't waste words and time on someone who doesn't deserve it.
I think almost everyone has been in a bad friendship at some point in their lives, and you never really forget the betrayals, but looking back from the security of distance, they have pushed each of us to grow a little bit more. I don't advocate letting bad seeds back into one's life or thoughts, though. I was just grateful from looking backwards, at what they had done for me and I know that what they did actually helped me.

*hugs* to you - it is never easy to lose a friend.

Enjoy your day. Do something wildly crazy today while I'm stuffing myself with a large, roasted bird and all of the side dishes :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
I didn't do anything wild or crazy today - actually, I spent the whole afternoon and part of the evening on one astrophysics workshop - but I enjoyed it a lot. :)
Gobble, gobble..... LOL.

I'm sitting here, watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, my turkey is in the oven, the side dishes are ready to cook in several hours, and football (American style) will be on TV soon. All is good. Now if I can just get a few 1000 more words on my novel done today...

- Erulisse (one L)
Happy Turkey day!

As for friendships seemingly lost, you've probably have read this citation before:

Footprints on our hearts by ~RhapsodyBrd on deviantART

But it inspired me to put a photo of mine to good use and to share it with you today :)

LJ is being stubborn! Ack, grr

Edited at 2012-11-22 12:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, I really love this. How beautiful, both in imagery and sentiment. Thank you, my friend!

- Erulisse (one L)
Thanks so much. I'm really looking forward to every part of today. My turkey is already in the oven cooking, so all is good :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
*hugs* right back at'cha. (Treats for lovely Pippin and take care of your hand!!!)

- Erulisse (one L)
Thank you, it was a wonderful meal and pie is yet to come :-) I hope yours was quiet and enjoyable too.

- Erulisse (one L)