Thanksgiving Gratitude

thanksgivingSometimes we forget to appreciate our blessings—big or little. At least until November rolls around. Then it’s not just about that Thursday at the end of the month, but rather every day is spent in gratitude for something.

thanksgivingThanksgiving used to be a one-day commemoration of Native Americans and Pilgrims sharing the fruits of the harvest season. Now, though, for many of us, it’s grown into a month-long celebration of the things we’re grateful for.

I count my blessings every day, but I don’t often share them aloud. Particularly with respect to my vocation. So right now, I’m going to tell you some of the things I’m most grateful for professionally.

  • Mystery Heir AudibleOne of my publishers surprised me. They took my novel and had it converted to an audio book. Mystery Heir is now available on, and I’m full of gratitude that they had such faith in the story to convert it.
  • CrimsonDirt-FinalA talented group of authors invited me to join them in writing anthologies. Crimson Dirt was a collection of chilling shorts that released in time for the Halloween season. It included my prequel to the Whispers series, “Malevolent Whispers,” and it made the top-sellers list on Amazon. This group has asked me back to participate in a Christmas anthology (details of which are forthcoming). I’m so appreciative of all of them, and so glad to be a part of their group.
  • Another of my publishers is set to release the second installment of the Cathedral Lake series. Out and About is Jensen’s story, and it will be available soon. I’m grateful to Oghma Creative Media’s CEO and staff for making this possible.

So yes, things are going well for me. And I’m truly grateful. Most especially, though, I’m grateful to my fans who have supported me and encouraged me, who have reviewed my work and requested more. For you, I’m eternally thankful.

IMG_2244All that said, it is time for another installment of fiction. (All installments can be found on the Freebies page.) This First Friday Fiction Feature (#FFFF) is all about Thanksgiving, and I could think of no better way to pay homage to the holiday than by writing something in the spirit of the iconic “Over the River” by Lydia Maria Child. So, without further ado, my tribute, with a Western Pennsylvanian flair…

Over the Bridge and Through the ‘Burgh

Over the bridge and through the ’Burgh
To our parents’ house we go
A breathtaking view for a moment or two
Of the city sprawled out below

Over the bridge and through the ’Burgh
For turkey and pumpkin pie
There’s way too much food even for this large brood
Even after the cousins drop by

Over the bridge and through the ’Burgh
The football games have begun
Dessert by the TV, many cups of coffee
We’re all laughing and having fun

Over the bridge and through the ’Burgh
Now it’s our time to play
The food’s set aside, we all go outside
For the family football game

Over the bridge and through the ’Burgh
The weather’s growing cold
Our cheeks are flushed, the adults’ team got crushed
We go inside feeling sore and old

Over the bridge and through the ’Burgh
It’s no longer time to play
By the fire we rest, this was by far the best
Celebration of Thanksgiving Day

So, this November, keep in mind the things you’re grateful for, and remember to share your appreciation—not just this month, but all year long.

Do you have someone you’d like to single out? Tell us who and why you appreciate them.

Staci Troilo

Writer. Editor. Wife. Mom. Daughter. Sister. Friend. Dog owner. Award-winning author and recipe creator. Conservative Catholic with an avid interest in the supernatural. Think all that doesn't go together? Then you have to get to know me better.

8 comments to “Thanksgiving Gratitude”

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  1. Mae Clair - November 10, 2015 Reply

    Wow, you’re having a fabulous year. Congrats on all of your accomplishments! I loved the poem, especially with it’s Western PA flair. 🙂 This Thanksgiving I’m most thankful for the love of my family and having them close around me.

    • Staci Troilo - November 10, 2015 Reply

      I thought you might get a kick out of it, Mae. And you’re right; the love of family and friends makes the holiday season–and everyday, for that matter–so very special.

  2. P.C. Zick - November 7, 2015 Reply

    Congratulations on all your successes this year, Staci. All are well deserved. Thanksgiving and the rest of the end of the year holidays, give us a chance to take stock. Gratitude helps propel us forward. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

    • Staci Troilo - November 9, 2015 Reply

      Thank you for all the kind words, P.C. And Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  3. Joan Hall - November 7, 2015 Reply

    Staci, I love Thanksgiving. With Christmas so commercialized (and I love it too), Thanksgiving is a special time. Love your poem – you are a woman of multi-talents.

    • Staci Troilo - November 9, 2015 Reply

      Multi-talented? That’s something I haven’t heard before. I’m just happy to have one! Thanks, Joan. And Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  4. Michele Jones - November 6, 2015 Reply

    Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. To me, what could be better than good food, football on TV, and most importantly, spending time with my wonderful family. Although we may not all make it to the table, we manage to share this day, and all the other special days, with each other by phone. And with Skype and Facetime, we are able to see one another too.

    I am truly blessed and thankful to have such a wonderful supportive family and friends. And isn’t that all that really matters?

    • Staci Troilo - November 6, 2015 Reply

      Strong relationships with loved ones is one of the best reasons of all to be thankful. Great point, Michele.

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