Wednesday, November 21, 2012

15 Things (Quince cositas)...

Have I mentioned how much I love fall? Four or five posts later, ok maybe just a little bit. To me fall is a time of rebirth, renewal, and change. Why? Because as a Jew I'm able to reflect on my life in the days leading up to Rosh Ha'Shana and am then given the opportunity to ask forgiveness from those I've hurt on Yom Kippur and thank the ones near to me for their love and support as we move together to celebrate the new year. Even though we should all thank and love those around us everyday, Thanksgiving is a great time to kick it up a notch or ten.

Side note: The Diversity Diva in me knows full well that this is not what happened historically and it's very difficult to celebrate this holiday without reflecting on the lives and culture that were later lost. For an incredible read about Native American Thanksgiving click here (Climbs down from soap box)

Ok soap box lecture over, as I mentioned before, Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to reflect on our lives and how truly fortunate we are. So in the spirit of the season, I would like to share with you my 15 things/cositas I'm thankful for...
  1. I'm thankful for my amazingly loving, generous, kind, and supportive family. My parents are truly amazing. They gave Brad and I a wedding that we will never forget and I'm so thankful for their love and generosity as these memories will stay with me forever. I have learned so much from them and I owe so much of my success to them.
2. I'm so thankful for the best Abuelos (grandparents) a girl could have. Although I no longer live in Dallas, we do try our best to make it there as often as we can. In fact, once 5pm hits we will be hitting the road to spend the holiday with them, as well as the rest of my family. I'm also thankful for all of the sacrifices they made to come to this country and provide the life for us that we have been able to have. They are my heroes.

3. I'm also thankful for my baby brother David. We have such great memories together and I'm so glad that we've become closer over the past couple of years. I'm so glad that he has found an amazing girl, who has stolen his heart. He deserves nothing but the best in the world.

4. I can't begin to express my gratitude to G-d and the fates of destiny for bringing my husband into my life. My friends can attest that I always had a fun and interesting life but I never knew how full my life could be until I met Brad. I'm so thankful that he's here and I get to spend the rest of my life with him. Brad you are You are the high to my Noon. The flap in my jack, The jelly in my bean, the Fortune in my cookie, the Grand in mycanyon, the Bees in myknees, the zig In myzag, the rock in my Roll, the fox in my trot, the You to I love.

5. I'm thankful for the little furball that has stolen my heart and brings happiness to me everyday. Manolo I'm so glad that we found you and you have made me a better person. I know that because of you we were also be fabulous parents.

6. I'm also thankful for the wonderful people that brought my amazing husband into the world and have helped to make him the person he is today. I'm so blessed to have such fun, loving, and kind inlaws. As well as a wonderful brother and sister-in-law and their precious kiddos.

7. I'm thankful for having the opportunity to have a job that I love, supportive and inspiring coworkers, and students that never cease to amaze me. They are the reason that I love what I do and have fun doing it!

8. I'm thankful for the health and happiness of my loved ones and hope that they continue to have all they wish for and more!

9. I'm thankful for the incredible friendships that I've been able to foster over the years. It doesn't matter if I've known you for a day or for my entire life, you are a huge part of who I am and who I'm becoming.

10. I'm thankful for my health and the blessings and guidance I've received that have guided me to the place that I am today.

12. I'm thankful to be a Jayhawk, a Gamma, and an honorary Aggie!

13. I'm thankful for the little things that connect me to my culture like cafe con leche, randomly hearing Spanish spoken around me, Salsa and Latin Music, Vanidades (courtesy of my Alle), and a colorful childhood

14. I'm thankful for the experiences that I've had and the rich history and culture that I am a part of. Being different is a blessing not a curse if you embrace it and make it a part of who you are.

15. I'm thankful to have the opportunity to be thankful for all these things and more!

And what's Thanksgiving without a little Adam Sandler?

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy, and prosperous holiday!

About Mariam

Life is sweet

Life is sweet

And they lived happily ever after

And they lived happily ever after

One day a beautiful Jewish girl met a nice Jewish boy and made their mothers very, very, very happy

One day a beautiful Jewish girl met a nice Jewish boy and made their mothers very, very, very happy

About Me

For those of you who know me, writing has always been one of my passions, with the exception of my Masters or any ridiculously long testament within the wide world of Academia. I've only had the pleasure of blogging a couple of times, mostly for a few classes in graduate school, but figured it was time to organize my numerous thoughts and musings with all of you out there in cyber land. I created this page because my mind is always running and often times my thoughts get lost in the hubub. Plus, my friends have always said that I'm a great storyteller, so I'd love to share them now with you. In the meantime, I'll leave you with this... Throughout the past 33 years of my life I've seen, heard, and experienced so many different things as well as had many adventures and dream of so many possibilities. But in short, what it comes down to is this..I'm just a little Jubana trying to make a difference in the world. Everyday I live my life to the fullest and have fun doing it. Life can't always be about work or how much money you make. There's so much more to life than that.