I love the holidays. I feel that it is very appropriate that 1/6 of my year (yes, my holiday season starts November 1st) is spent dwelling upon all of the things that bring Christmas cheer. Oh and Thanksgiving merriment as well. There are just so many wonderful things that are unique to the months turning into winter. In the spirit of my beloved holidays, I would so dearly love to mention some of the things I am thankful for.
Cleopatra Voldemort Smith
My darling Cleo - facebook friend, loyal companion and trusted family cat since 1999. The most hateful creature I have ever had the pleasure to meet, I am absolutely crazy about this fuzzy wuzzy beebo. Cleo bites everyone, growls when you get near her, and steps in your peanut butter frosting while your cookies are cooling down. She hisses at nice people and sits on your clean piles of laundry. She never purrs, showing signs of contentment is less enjoyable than showing sings of contempt. Her fur is so soft, but that doesn't mean that anyone is allowed to touch it. Cleo loves to eat plastic ribbons, and shiny gifts are often unwelcome because she will eat them. I am thankful for Cleo because she bites me less than she would bite you. She doesn't hiss at me until I have held her for 30 seconds. She sits on my laundry true enough, but she is so cute I am still thankful for her. For the 10 years of antics and tail swats, thank you Cleo for being my only family member who hasn't gotten married and left me.
Dear Clorox and Lysol, I don't know how to choose between you. But know this, I am thankful for clean, streak free surfaces that you both provide. I am thankful for the lemony fresh atmosphere, and most of all I am thankful for the knowledge that raw meat germs will not get me.
I am listening to the radio right now, and Neil Diamond is singing a nice Christmas song. You have brought so much to us. Neil, if I wasn't already in America, I would come because of your song. Thank you for your spunk. It isn't everyday that you see a 60 year old man with a diamond stud earring. Unless you are Harrison Ford. I am thankful for him too.
You make me cry. You make me laugh. You make me want to come home to our apartment everyday. And you let me make you guys sit on a couch to take a Christmas picture. That is how I know you care about me. I am thankful for Laiken, Heidi and Johannah because they teach me. They teach me love, they teach me patience and they teach me how to better serve others. I am thankful that I don't live alone. Thank you for taking that nice picture with me.