What I’m Thankful For

thanksgiving cupcakes from publix

Happy belated Thanksgiving! This year I am thankful for:

- hearts even when they break
- trust even when it bends
- big, broad, happy smiles across a dinner table
- hands that reach out to hold mine
- kisses on my eyelids
- love that tries
- friends that gather
- family that stays
- unusually long hugs
- bright pink and red dresses
- seeing my first book on the shelves of Real, Live Bookstores!
- the dog that defied all odds and stole my heart (and whose head is currently resting on my foot)
- flowers that bloom all the way through November
- spring bulbs that I look forward to nourishing throughout the winter
- new friends who make me laugh and dance in costumes with me
- old friends who take me in
- Darling Design cards that touch my heart
- friends and family who have made new babies
- sticks that will never break my bones
- warmth and heart
- kindness
- doing my best more days than not
- the mysteries of love, romance and attraction that keep me going (and sometimes take me aback)
- questions that beg to be asked
- an open-ness to whatever will be
- things that sparkle and shine
- cousins that remind me of the best things in life
- how the breeze feels against my cheeks and my sides when I run
- the way water envelops my body when I swim
- good health that helps me to breathe deeply and hold on tight to those around me
- lips that kiss me on my forehead
- sidewalk gates that show off their hearts with abandon

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at www.sexualhealth.indiana.edu.

  • Heather Marie Agan

    I am thankful I know someone as special as you are! Keep up the good work!

    Your Friend,
    Heather

  • Heather Marie Agan

    I am thankful I know someone as special as you are! Keep up the good work!

    Your Friend,
    Heather

  • Debby

    Thanks, Heather! You’re so sweet. I am thankful to know you and Paulene, too :)

  • Debby

    Thanks, Heather! You’re so sweet. I am thankful to know you and Paulene, too :)

  • David D

    This year, I didn’t think of a big and wonderful list like you did. However, I mostly felt a great appreciation to the forces that have shaped my life so that I … 1) never know a day of hopeless hunger 2) that I live in a place where so many wonderful books are available

    I was mostly thinking of the other places in the world where people are struggling for physical and mental survival and I am thankful that I don’t have to do that.

  • David D

    This year, I didn’t think of a big and wonderful list like you did. However, I mostly felt a great appreciation to the forces that have shaped my life so that I … 1) never know a day of hopeless hunger 2) that I live in a place where so many wonderful books are available

    I was mostly thinking of the other places in the world where people are struggling for physical and mental survival and I am thankful that I don’t have to do that.