**UPDATE: CNN Pressroom is reporting that Anderson will be broadcasting from Turkey all next week. Here is the link to the press release.**
Well, here we are on the eve of Thanksgiving. That wonderful day spent with family and friends while chowing down on delicious turkey and all the dressings. And while this sounds like such a heartwarming picture, it ain’t always that sweet!
This year I look forward to spending turkey day with my in-laws whom I love immensely. They are wonderful people. I get along swimmingly with them all. I even tolerate the one whom I’m not so thrilled with as not to spoil the day. And after dinner with the in-laws, I travel to my parents house. The house in which I grew up. I love spending the holidays there. Well, that is until this year. I will not bore you with the whole sordid story but I will tell you that I have not spoken with my brother and his wife in 8 months. (mind you I live in the same development as my brother) Most of us Italians have their family spats. Its tradition. Without fail, someone is not talking to someone at the holidays! And this year its my turn. So dinner will be lovely but I’ll be choking down my dessert.
When I protested going to my parents' house this year, my husband told me that I should go to my "happy place" as soon as we arrive so that I don't start an argument. So that got me thinking. “Go to my happy place. Hmmm, what could possibly make this situation even bearable?” I started thinking of everything I’m grateful for this year. Well that is an easy list: My husband, my beautiful daughter, and our wonderful family (even the ones I’m not liking so much right now!)
And then I thought of all of the new friends I’ve made this year. I’ve told you before how much you all mean to me and I’m so grateful that you have come into my life! You have made this year so wonderful!
And that brings me to the reason why I’m here at all, Anderson Cooper! Ahhhh, my happy place! That’s it!!!! I’ll concentrate on All Things Anderson tomorrow night. That will definitely make me happy. Now here’s how that list will go in my mind as I’m trying to keep my composure:
-I’m thankful for steely blue eyes
-I’m thankful for perfectly-combed silver hair
-I’m thankful for those infectious smiles
-I'm thankful for those gorgeous dimples
-I’m thankful for all those cute freckles (oh, I miss that mole!)
-I’m thankful for Prada and Ralph Lauren tailored suits
-I’m thankful for crisp white shirts
-I’m thankful for that Young Republican tie
-I’m thankful for that long shot in the studio where you can just how nice that suit, shirt and tie look on any given day!
-I’m thankful for that laugh (its so cute!)
-I’m thankful for the 10pm – 12midnight hours every weekday!
-I’m thankful for that soothing voice every night!
-I’m thankful that Dispatches is on my IPod so I can ignore everyone tomorrow night more thoroughly!
-And last but not least, I’m thankful for Anderson Cooper! Wherever you are celebrating this year Anderson, I hope you are surrounded by happiness! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
And here is my Thanksgiving gift to everyone! I found these pictures on the AP Photo website. I've never seen them before! Aren't they cool? (photo #1 is Anderson filming in the Lower Ninth Ward on 8/28/06; photo #2: Anderson getting ready to depart the US Embassy in Lebanon for Cyprus taken on 7/26/06)
Please travel safe!