I love Thanksgiving. It’s a national holiday in the U.S., a celebration of the harvest and a day to gather with family and friends … and to feast! The meal preparations — baking the bread and making the pie dough and applesauce — are hectic because this is one time I make them from scratch. So, while I think gratitude should be a part of each day, the day after Thanksgiving is my special day for resting and remembering and reflecting on all those things I’m grateful for.
Don’t worry — I’m not going to post a list!
However, I do want to tell all my Twitter friends how glad I am to have connected with you and how much it means to me to have met such wonderful people from all over the world. (Since I can’t fit all I want to say in 140 characters, I’m writing it as a blog post.) I love and value each and every one of you. I love your encouragement, your bits of wisdom, the fun exchanges, the experiences we share, and so much more. You have expanded my horizons, and since I discovered (not too long ago) the online translating services, I can even talk to those whose languages I don’t know.
All this especially amazes me because I came to Twitter so reluctantly. I became part of Twitter on February 18 after a couple years resistance to the prodding of Jonathan Maberry, a best-selling author who who runs an Advanced Writing Class which I was invited to join several years ago. I knew getting involved with Twitter would take time. I wasn’t sure I wanted to put in the effort, but I’m so thankful that I did! You are awesome!
Unfortunately, keeping up with you all is beginning to take more time than I have. I have not yet discovered a way to add hours to the day or get along without sleep, so please don’t hold it against me if I miss a message or mention. Don’t give up on me! And I don’t unfollow people, so if you notice that’s happened, let me know. (Hate that Twitter glitch!)
I would welcome tips from those of you with large followings. How do you manage?