One week from today we’ll be gathering with our chosen people, or we’ll be hibernating and sleeping in, some will be watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, lots of us will be watching the dog show. (Some will be passiveaggressively posting against dog shows on social media) We will be inundated with Thanks and Giving and shopping or anti shopping or movie watching or staying inside your house protesting ANY open businesses…whatever you tend to do with your Thanksgiving holidays, it’s here in a week.
That to me is nuts.
The time it’s a flying.
I’m taking a moment here, to reflect on the past year. Last Thanksgiving was fast and furious and I was meeting Mark’s family for the VERY FIRST TIME and I was knee deep in grad school homework and papers and I stayed at this house for consecutive days for the first time (I put stuff in the shower, yall!) and it was all so freaky and new and exciting and scary and I really really really missed my family.
I’m thinking about how it’s all changed, about how it’s been kind of a shitshow at times, but it’s been our show so we feel good about surviving it. I’m thinking about all the lessons I’ve learned, especially in my career and how I want to use those lessons and where I want them to move me in the future.
I’m thinking about all of you, and the changes that have come about in your lives. About the faces I crave to see, that have gone way past our due date. *ahem. Becky. Scott. SERIOUSLY. In the midst of this I sat on the couch and listened to Mark play along on his guitar to a commercial, I made plans for a trip to NYC in June with my crazy Whores to see NPH in Hedwig, and I’m prepping for the ribbon cutting ceremony at my office today. The Norman Chamber of Commerce is coming, several people will be there, it’s kind of a thing. I feel proud of that. I’m happy that I’ve said yes to all of these choices and that I’ve lept when faced with uncertainty and that I have landed (mostly) on my feet.
When I was at Council last week I checked my mailbox. Someone had put a copy of a paper in there that held this poem. It makes me so happy I’ve put it in my office so that I can read it daily. I thought that today, you ought to read it too.
by Kaylin Haught
I asked God if it was okay to be melodramatic
and she said yes
I asked her if it was okay to be short
and she said it sure is
I asked her if I could wear nail polish
or not wear nail polish
and she said honey
she calls me that sometimes
she said you can do just exactly
what you want to
Thanks God I said
And is it even okay if I don’t paragraph
Sweetcakes God said
who knows where she picked that up
what I’m telling you is
Yes Yes Yes
Happy Thursday ya’ll.