As should be glaringly obvious, I’m taking a break from my Doctor Who Fact Files series to focus on Thanksgiving. Ordinarily I would have continued it, but I really like the idea of taking one day and just celebrating everything for which we are thankful. That’s not to say we shouldn’t be thankful the rest of the time, but it’s good to take time to pause and be thankful.
And here’s what I’m trying to say: this Thanksgiving, don’t forget to be grateful for the small stuff. Usually the huge things (God, friends, family, shelter, clothing, food) get the headlines, but there are smaller things that it’s important to remember, too. You can be thankful for a particularly awesome shirt you have or an especially phenominal book you never thought you’d have, but lo and behold, it now sits on your bookshelf. Give thanks for the invention of pie; give thanks if the TV station decided to pull out halfway decent programming to mark the holiday; heck, give thanks for the jaw-droppingly awesome music you somehow managed to locate and get (either in CD or MP3 format). I know one of the small-scale things for which I will be giving thanks today is that way back in March PBS air The Phantom of the Opera‘s 25th anniversary concert, reintroducing me to the musical that is based on one of my favorite books and leading me to discover the amazing talents of Ramin Karimloo, Sierra Boggess, Hadley Fraser, John Owen Jones, Gina Beck, and a host of others. It was also indirectly responsible for my first-time reading of Les Miserables and watching the musical based on that book, which is thoroughly impressive and just plain awesome and also introduced me to Norm Lewis, Lea Salonga, and Samantha Barks. And there’s going to be a Les Miserables movie this winter! And a Hobbit movie!
Another completely random thing for which I will be giving thanks: for whomever designed my desktop background (a mind-blowing mishmash of Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, the Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond, the Enterprise, the TARDIS, Klingons, Romulans, Cybermen, AND Daleks!). It makes me insanely happy whenenver I look at it, and I think at how awesome it would be if I was in the picture with them, which makes me even happier.