On Your Mark, Get Set, Celebrate

I am one half of an inter-faith couple—the lapsed Greek-Orthodox Christian half, while my husband makes up the Jewish half. What does that mean?

It means that December is a very long month.

We celebrate all of our respective holidays, so this year, in addition to hearing Christmas music on the radio that began around Halloween and negotiating packed shopping malls long before Thanksgiving, we also have eight days of Hanukkah to celebrate—in November. I’m going to be burnt out by Christmas; that’s too long for me to stay festive.

But I’m trying.

To begin, I will start with sharing a smattering of things that I am grateful for this Thanksgiving.

I would like to say that the things I am grateful for are all appropriately Thanksgiving-esque, but they’re not. Not that I’m not grateful for my health and my family and electricity and health insurance because I really, really am. I am the person who walks around waiting for the other shoe to drop because I can’t believe how much good stuff I have in my life and I’m thankful for all of it. But, I’m also really grateful for the inane stuff—like wine and popcorn for dinner when no one else is home.

It really is about the little things…

  1. I am thankful that my husband sucks at this parenting gig as much as I do because I know that I’m not alone.
  2. (This should really be 1a but…) I am thankful that my husband knows that he sucks at being a parent and doesn’t look at me with disdain when I do something stupid.
  3. I am grateful (and a little amazed) that my sons’ friends don’t mind hanging out at our house and chatting with me especially when I am wearing the same sweatshirt that I’ve worn for four straight days—and they’ve noticed.
  4. I am secretly grateful for the Xbox or PlayStation on days when I want to take a catnap on the couch and I know my boys will be glued to the screen in the basement for a good hour…or three.
  5. I am thankful that I have a 5-year-old dog, not a puppy, and that my kids are in their teens. I mean, I love puppies – who doesn’t – but I don’t like training puppies and I hate waking up at 3 am to let them out. Sort of like waking up with babies. I have truly loved every stage of my kids’ growth (even the terrible-twos, threes and fours) but it’s kind of awesome to have kids who can carry their own luggage through the airport, talk to me about something they read in the newspaper, and watch movies with me that aren’t animated.
  6. I am grateful that my 13-year-old finally started showering every day. Now if he would just pick up his towel from the floor…
  7. I am grateful for Netflix and Hulu streaming. How else would I be able to spend hours on the couch bonding with my boys over Psych and 24 reruns?
  8. I am so thankful that I have friends who lack a filter (one friend told me that hers “fell out somewhere” in her thirties). Who else would give me the straight dope?
  9. I am thankful that my kids are old enough to understand discretion and have yet to spill any of our family secrets.
  10. I am grateful that my kids don’t always snap at me when I try to talk to them and that, occasionally, they even laugh with me—not at me.

What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving and Gobble Tov!


14 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Christina Jones on November 26, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    One of your best, Connie! Made me smile … and chuckle:) Christina Jones,LCSW Psychotherapist & Consultant




  2. Posted by Sawyer, James L. on November 26, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    I am thankful to receive my “i suck as a parent” blog post and know that I am not alone.

    Happy Thankanukah!



  3. How come the words you’ve written came straight from my mouth? Right down to the 5-year old dog (ours is 4)…. MY 13-year old will shower only ever other day – if I notice, otherwise, he is still apt to “not need to as he showered the other day….”

    We bond over Walking Dead (I had to adapt) and Breaking Bad and Dexter….

    Great post! I feel like I know you!



    • A kindred soul! I’m glad to hear that it’s not just my 13-year-old boy who has a showering-phobia. We have Breaking Bad in the line up – I have to keep them interested or they will leave me on the couch alone! Happy Thanksgiving!



      • I hear you – LOUD & CLEAR!
        The 15-yr old would take 30 min showers if I’d allow it! The 14-yr old (see? I suck too, he just turned 14 less than a month ago – my bad!
        Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours (we had ours last month in Canada)


  4. Totally get it! Especially the XBOX catnap thing! Loved this piece, Connie.



  5. Posted by Cynthia LeVeille on November 27, 2013 at 4:48 am

    Once again loved your blog.

    On 11/26/13 12:47 PM, “i suck as a parent” wrote:

    > I suck as a parent posted: “I am one half of an inter-faith couplethe lapsed > Greek-Orthodox Christian half, while my husband makes up the Jewish half.What > does that mean? It means that December is a very long month. We celebrate all > of our respective holidays, so this year, ” >



  6. I have grateful for the delicious smelling brisket simmering on my stove right now! (And for friends and family) 😉 Happy Thanksgivukkah!



  7. Posted by Linda Anderson on November 27, 2013 at 6:11 pm




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