I have a lot to be thankful for this year. Even more than usual.
This year, I am thankful that we are moved into and settling into our new house, which no longer includes two scary wild jungles in which one might easily lose a dog or toddler.
I am thankful for two wonderful, exhausting, intelligent, helpful, enthusiastic, energetic, adorable, sweet, stubborn, loud, creative loving children. (I wish I could share the two of them dancing to Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal with the entire planet. But I am not sure they would forgive me for it when they reached adolescence. Especially Noah.) I am thankful they have such nice manners (usually), that they love to read, and that they both enjoy counting, building, and learning new things.
I am thankful that they are beautifully cared for on weekdays, by a wonderful school community of caring adults who are helping them grow into those people I just described.
I am thankful for my wonderful wife, her love, her gracious move into the role of primary breadwinner, her support for my career change, her company for finally offering domestic partner health benefits, and her exhaustive music appreciation classes for Noah and Josie, and me too.
I am thankful for my parents, and for their support for our family, their help and enthusiasm with Noah & Josie, and for their love.
I am thankful for the freedom and privilege and opportunity I have to change careers at my age and stage of life. I’m thankful that UWM has a program that is such a perfect fit for my interests, and that I found it in time to apply. I’m thankful that the faculty have such a commitment to inclusion, and that the Institute for Museum and Library Services had the vision to reward that commitment with the Overcoming Barriers to Information Access fellowship that will let me both study and contribute to my family’s financial health over the next 3 years.
I am thankful for my 41 years on this planet. If I am able to stay on this trajectory, I think that the next 41 will be even more amazing.