After a tumultuous thanksgiving dinner, I was pleased that Black Friday redeemed my spirits, not because of all of the sales but because I was able to celebrate it with good friends who made me laugh all day. I learned how to play spades and took up kicking a soccer ball again.

I’m thankful, thankful for the life I’ve lived, regardless of all of the issues I’ve had recently. Regardless of everything, god gives me so many reasons to be thankful.