I found out last night that my best friend’s great aunt had passed away. She was “the most loving and genuine person,” my friend said.

And that got me thinking perhaps we’re asking the wrong question every year around this time. Instead of “what are you thankful for?,” I’d like to know: Who you are thankful for?

And if you had known Auntie Millie, you’d be thankful for having the chance to know her.

  • I am thankful for my friends Felicia and Scott. I call them, not very rougishly, My Friends the Olsons™

    In 2002, a long distance relationship I moved from NY to California to pursue had cratered. I was despondent, depressed, even suicidal.

    Felicia and Scott encouraged and guided me to move from California to the Great white north of Minnesota and put me up for a few months before I found a job and an apartment of my own. They are the best of friends I could wish for.

  • John P.

    This year, the last two of our three children moved out on their own. Thanksgiving time has been an occasion to be thankful for having had them as the center of our lives … not to mention the fact that they somehow grew to adulthood without major incident.

  • Alison

    I am thankful for the many people who have accepted and even befriended me regardless of the gender I present them with on any given day. The kindness of each of them has been an amazing and life giving blessing that I never would have thought was possible. I can only wish that all transgender people find such caring friends.

  • The only problem with this question is that you make me feel like I have to choose between my partner in life, Cristy, or my kids, Kate and George. It’s like I had three wishes all come true at once without even wishing them.

    Life itself is made of them as far as I’m concerned. All the rest of the stuff and the house, much as I struggle to keep it from foreclosure, doesn’t even come close as a second place.

    Well, the pets have some standing, but that’s about it. 🙂

  • BJ

    @Eric you make the rest of us look bad.

    Really how does someone top “It’s like I had three wishes all come true at once without even wishing them.”

  • Lindsey

    I am thankful for my flat-mates here in Dublin, who are celebrating this holiday with me, letting me cook and be nostalgic and feed them and their friends strange Minnesotan food with an international twist (various religious restrictions and lack of ingredients).

    My family cannot be here with me in person, they celebrate home in Minnesota, so I’m thankful I have understanding “family” here to share this time with.

  • Krista

    I am profoundly grateful for my family: my two amazing daughters, my mom and dad, and my husband. There is no place I rather be than with them, in front of the fire, sipping coffee, and just being together.

  • Elizabeth T

    I am thankful for ..

    my friend who let me spend the day with her in the hospital as she recovers from major surgery. She let me walk with her & help with the pile of tubes, machines, etc. And she asked me to come spend the night with her on her first night home next week.

    I am deeply honored that someone would care enough to allow me to help her. She’s the closest friend I have here in Minnesota.