Daily Thanks: T-Day Minus 16

So...life.  It's been a little crazy for me lately, with cool things happening, and heartbreaking things happening, and ouchie things happening (hooray for falling down the stairs!).  When I finally got a second to just breathe this weekend, I remembered that Thanksgiving is imminent, and it took me a good long THINK to pinpoint something I was truly thankful for.  Which is pathetic.

And lo, I was ashamed of my silly, self-focused, ungrateful personage.

In an effort to be less of a crank-pants, I'd like to post one thing a day that I'm thankful for, all the way up to good old American Thanksgiving on November 25.  It'll not only get me all mushed up for the holiday, it'll give us a chance to talk a bit about what you're thankful for, too.

Today, November 8, on a day where I wouldn't mind sending a fist through a computer screen, I am ready to stop, breathe, and be thankful for:


And not just any food, but the opportunity to live in a country where we even get to THINK about food.  Where we can debate about "good" food and "bad" food.  Where the friggin' diet industry rakes in billions every year.  Where people can choose to be vegan or vegetarian or a Meat-o-saurus Rex.  Where our grocery stores are full to brimming with both processed crap and healthy produce.  Where people can make fun of other people for the way they choose to eat.  Where you can choose between just eggs, cage-free eggs, organic eggs and free range eggs.  Between soy milk, rice milk, almond milk and plain old cow's milk.  Where you can get a burger for a buck in less than a minute, or sit and languor for hours over a six course meal at a fancy restaurant.

Because, you know?  There's lots of places in the world where people don't get to debate the ethics of the corn industry, because, oh, they don't have corn.  Or food, really, at all. 

T-Day Minus 16:  I am thankful for food.