As I take in the daily facebook thanksgivings, I jotted my own list. It is short. Very short. Just one item.
I am thankful for Freedom.
Freedom to fall in love and marry my love, my choice.
Freedom to raise our children our way, send them to schools we choose, give them a stable household and gracious life.
Freedom to take the infertility path when parenting seemed to be a closed-door. Around the world couples are prevented from traveling this road.
Freedom to attend a public school despite a disability. Born years earlier and I may have been denied least restrictive environment or right to an equal education.
Freedom for my husband’s family to flee their war-torn homeland, be welcomed here, and find Freedom.
Freedom to attend college and choose my own career pathway. Not one-handed out to me like candy at a parade.
Freedom to exercise my political beliefs safely and cast a ballot without fear.
Freedom to know that our sons and daughter will also live and flourish in a land that is learning to embrace differences in race, religion, sexual orientation, and ability level.
Freedom to share my ideas, thoughts, and opinions openly.
Freedom comes with a price paid for by many.
Thankful to be free.
Whether here or around the world, take a moment to reflect on all that shaped you and be thankful. Good or bad, sad or mad, you are you. Be thankful.