Thanksgiving is barely over but the season of thankfulness isn’t. Black Friday is over but my Thanksgiving food isn’t. Still have turkey in the frig. Still making turkey sandwiches. It isn’t too late to say what I’m thankful for is it? I’m still in the Thanksgiving spirit.
This year I’m particularly grateful for Claudia Wolf, my illustrator. As you can see “Annie’s Special Day” has a cover now. I want to thank Claudia for her vision in making all the illustrations in the book a reality. I received all the thumbnails quite some time ago and approved them. She is almost half way done with coloring the sketches. We talked about some minor changes needed and she carefully changed them where required. Even now if there’s something drastic she’s more than willing to alter the design. For example in one of the completed illustrations one of the girl’s hands while standing in line was too close to the crotch of the boy standing next to her. I hadn’t caught this in the thumbnails and with all the to-do at Penn State we both felt this needed to be changed. She did it cheerfully and quickly. She knew just what to do. She lengthened the arm and made it down to the boys leg and off to the side.
She even found a piece of the text that didn’t quite fit and together we “fixed” it. This was not in her job description but she wants my/our book to succeed. She is doing everything possible to make it the best book.
I am also grateful for my health. I have a chronic bad back. The Pilates Class I started back last January is panning out in unexpected but wonderful ways. I no longer have to have weekly Chiropractor adjustments but can go ten to fourteen days without one now. This started about three months ago so I’ve been getting confident that this is a new pattern for me. Now I even dare hope that soon I can start going once a month and then only for the preventative treatments not for needed corrections to alleviate pain. This has radically changed my life. I no longer take pain pills several times a day. And I’m not laid up with pain for days at a time where all I do is watch TV or read. When I do get pain I call and make an appointment, usually for later in the day and am totally relieved of pain. (This is not an advertisement for chiropractor although it could be. I’m a registered nurse and believe in some alternative medical treatments, this chiropractic venue one of them. Not all chiropractors are the same.)
Yes, this Thanksgiving is an especially grateful one. Besides being grateful for my health and illustrator, I’m also grateful for the usual, kids, grandkids and husbands. ( And all of You)
I hope all you readers have had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
What are some of the things you are particularly grateful for? Did you have a nice Thanksgiving?