- Free range, organic turkey. Especially when it’s delivered direct to your door.
- Matching sisters PJs
- Polar Bears
- Bruce Springsteen
- Proper thunderstorms, fireflies and sledding
- The little girl in this YouTube video. Damn, she cracks me up.
- My sweet little niece and her ridiculously adorable laugh.
- Having all my sisters in the Eastern time zone.
- A 90% cure rate.
- All of you.
I can’t even begin to put into proper words how much the love (and t-shirts and homecooked meals and care packages and texts/phonecalls/emails of support) have meant this year. My childhood friend Julia, who I hadn’t talked in years, just sent me an email. She’s battling breast cancer and this is what she told me:
I have nothing good to say about cancer, but I can say that, in my case, it revealed some good things to me. The biggest of these realizations is that I am, and I think we all are, part of something much bigger than we ordinarily recognize. Once my diagnosis was made more or less public, people from every nook and corner of my life, both past and present, offered their support in every imaginable way. People sent cards, brought food, provided child care, brought trashy magazines, cleaned my house, donated to the Pan Mass Challenge, came over for visits, took me out places, all sorts of things. All that support was extremely helpful in every practical way, as it was meant to be, but it also showed me that I matter to the universe in a way that I had not recognized.
It’s beautiful and right on, and perfectly sums up how I feel about what you’ve all done for me this year. So thank you, for showing me that I matter to the universe. Thank you for reminding me that we're all interconnected. By the simple act of reaching out and being my friend when I’ve needed it most, you've shown that you matter too.