Let’s Talk with Maggie Toussaint

Things I’m Thankful For
By Maggie Toussaint

Every year when Thanksgiving rolls around, I wish I’d done a “thankful” jar all year long, tucking little slips of paper inside when good news occurred.

So here’s my list from memory.

Vaccines. I am very thankful for the covid vaccines. They give me hope that we can one day get back to normal instead of feeling like each excursion is a mission to Death Row.

Curbside grocery pickup. This has been a boon for me during the pandemic. I thought I’d especially miss picking out the fruit and veggies from my order, but what I get this way isn’t bad.

Family. During mid-summer when viral infection rates were the lowest of the year, our kids and their families traveled to visit us, both coming from great distances away. We hadn’t been able to see them since Nov 2019, so this was a special treat.

Zoom. I must confess a love/hate relationship with video meetings. I’d never heard of Zoom before the pandemic and now it’s The Thing. Sometimes the audio gets messed up on this but for the most part, it seems to be part of our lives now.

More family. This fall brought several outdoor family gatherings, and that bit of normalcy brought smiles to everyone’s faces. We needed this. Oh, how we needed this.
No surgeries in 2021. After a 2020 chock full of surgeries for either my sister, husband or myself, we have had a reprieve in 2021. Our forays into the medical arena have all been in the nature of wellness checkups this year.

Killer Nashville. I went to an in-person mystery conference this summer. We wore masks. We social distanced. We survived. It was super.

Streamed church services. It nearly crushed my spirit when church got canceled due to the pandemic. We started 2021 online but by summer had transitioned to in-person services again. Then the Delta variant of the virus hit and we trimmed back to live streaming church again. We’ve just recently started up in-person worship again, thank goodness.

No hurricanes. Somehow, some way we escaped having hurricanes strike our area of the coast. In past years we’ve been visited by hurricanes and it is scary. All I had to do this year was check the expiration dates on my “hurricane food” and replace some of it.

Community of writers and readers. I am very thankful for all my writer friends as well as readers. It hasn’t been easy to keep writing during the pandemic, but it is always lovely to hear from writing friends and readers. Keep those reviews coming!

I’d love to hear what you’re thankful for in 2021. Comment for a chance to win a print (US mailing addy only) or ebook of SHRIMPLY DEAD. Winner will be announced on December 2.