She is giving thanks where thanks is due

By KARRIE McALLISTERColumnist Published:

When it comes right down to it, I'm truly thankful for the life I have. I have my husband, my children, my parents and in-laws, and I'm still blessed to have grandparents in my life. We have a lovely home that we keep warm in the winter, food to fill our bellies, and a solid feeling of comfort in our community.

I also am blessed with a wonderful and diverse group of friends that keep me forever thinking, on my toes, and on good days, doubled over in pain from laughing so hard. Erma Bombeck said that, "If you can't make it better, you can laugh at it." I like to think that a smile can go a long way and is truly a gift that keeps on giving.

With that, I provide a different sort of list for this holiday of being thankful, something with a little more zing to help you laugh off a few calories, so go ahead and take that extra ladle of gravy; I know I sure will.

It's the little things in life that sadly go unnoticed that truly bring happiness if we just take the time to give them the recognition they deserve. So without further adieu, here are some things that some friends and I think are worth being thankful for:

I am thankful when the dog throws up and it doesn't soak into the carpet.

I am thankful when fast food restaurants remember to include a straw with my beverage order.

I am thankful when I get the first pour of a new pot of coffee instead of the bitter over-cooked stuff that has sat in the bottom of the pot for three hours.

I am thankful for Crock-Pots, and their ability to safely cook things on my counter so that we can come home after a long day to hot soup.

I am thankful for the extra roll of toilet paper that is always kept within reach. (I am not thankful for the inability of my children to actually replace the empty roll.)

I am thankful for the pharmacy drive-thru, not only so I don't have to drag my sick kid into a store, but also so I don't have $20 in impulse purchases while waiting for it to be filled.

I am thankful for adjustable waist pants in children's clothes and for each of my skinny kids.

I am thankful for toothpaste, especially when you get that one last squeeze out of the tube.

I am thankful for milk that is still drinkable after the expiration date.

I am thankful when I pull a tube of lip balm out of the dryer and find that it didn't stain the entire load.

I am thankful when salami goes on sale.

I am thankful that in the winter months, I don't have to shave my legs.

I am thankful for stretch denim. Genius, that one.

I am thankful for the extra french fries left in the bottom of the bag when you thought they were all gone.

I am thankful for the whoopee cushion app on my phone because without it my mom and I would not have laughed so hard that we cried. (Immaturity is an overlooked virtue.)

I am thankful for cilantro. And DVR's. And baby-sitters.

I am thankful for bowls of ice cream after my children have gone to bed.

But most of all, I am thankful for the people in my life who are willing to let go and have fun. I think Erma would agree that we sometimes take life too seriously, so I'm glad I know folks who appreciate the opposite ... even if they eat a lot of salami and don't shave their legs.

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