Things to Be Thankful For—Big and Small


In light of the holiday, I thought I would take a moment to list a few of the things (some sentimental and others less important) that I am thankful for.

  • My decision to leave law school after 1 ½ days all those years ago. When I think about what teaching has meant to me and what kind of person might have left law school, I couldn’t be more thankful. Like every job, teaching has its moments of frustration, but there’s nothing I would rather do, and maybe nothing that I am better suited for. By extension, of course, I am thankful for the amazing students who have motivated me and taught me.
  • The friends who care about and inspire me. You know who you are, and I can’t imagine a better group of people to talk to, even if a few of us never seem to go beyond leaving messages on each other’s phones.
  • The absolutely amazing recipe for stuffing I came across the other night. Seriously, it might be number 2 on this list. J
  • Helena, MT. Sometimes I think this little city might have a few too many ghosts rattling about, but there’s no finer place for a late-night walk or an afternoon cup of coffee.
  • Amazon Prime. If you had told me ten years ago that I could have almost any published book delivered to my door for $4 overnight, I would have thought that you were crazy or that I had died and gone to heaven. Though my bank account doesn’t always feel so thankful, it’s hard to argue with that kind of convenience.
  • Google—the whole thing. Of course, since they probably know more about me than I do, I don’t need to post this.

That’s it. Though there is much more to be thankful for, I think this list will do for this Thanksgiving. I hope everyone has a great holiday, and enjoys some time off.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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