During this month of “giving thanks,” I am thankful for a lot of things in my life. Pretty much all of them, actually. I’m able to live in a free nation with the person whom I’ve chosen to spend the rest of my life. I am pursuing my dream in a thoroughly enriching PhD program with some of the best advisors and mentors I could ask for. I live in a city that’s not too big, not too small, but just right — a city full of interesting, educated, and cultural people with great taste in food and who value green, outdoor space as an important part of the city’s landscape.
And on this day, the day after Election Day, I am thankful that Obama has been reelected President of the United States. We have a President who values health care — a universal human right — for all people, who cares about the voices of all the minorities in the country, not just the minority that is the US’s millionaires and billionaires. And we have a President who supports scientific endeavors and who will, I firmly believe, now take a stronger stance on climate change and Big Oil. (But let’s continue to ask him to do so, and not just leave it up to the government to make it a priority.)
But above all, I am thankful for my little family who makes the work that I do possible. I am grateful for the support of my husband, who works very hard to support me while I’m finishing my PhD. He offers great perspective when I think I see a problem I can’t fix, and he’s the best listener I could ask for. I also couldn’t do without the companionship of my dog, Chesney, who makes working at home just a little more enjoyable with his cuddles and kisses.
All images copyright Nikki Sanders Photography, Raleigh NC. Thanks, Nikki, for capturing our little family this fall!