We have many traditions in our house and our family. Today I'm thankful for our Sunday morning tradition. Every Sunday, or just about every Sunday we can, my husband and I gather with a cup of coffee and watch television together.
It's something we rarely do because our taste in television run on totally opposite tracks. He being a drama, medical, Law and Order kind of guy and me being an HGTV, Project Runway, Craft in America, Novagratz kinda gal.
Today it may seem odd to be thankful for something that is on television, but CBS Sunday Morning is a place for contemplation, for oddities, for answering questions that I forget to ask but am interested to know, for being exposed to art, music, design, history, pop culture, literature and glimpses into the future.
Sunday Morning is artful, smart, thoughtful, funny and whimsical every Sunday. Today I learned how a pencil is made, its history, and how one man has dedicated his life to sharpening pencils. I gained a little insight into the life of a celebrity and a musician, and learned more about an artist who saw his art turned into a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon. Do you know where Gelato was born and where Gelato University is? I do. I watched a father speak about being thankful despite a tough year in his family which reminded me of all the blessings in my life. The show ends every episode with the sites and sounds of nature and the iconic sun logo which seems to ground me and get me ready for the week ahead.
It's funny how this show sparks conversation between us and in our family. It brings up more questions, discussions and lasts longer than its ninety minute airtime.
As I drive home from Kansas in a car with a malfunctioning heater in 20 degree weather, I am warmed by the thoughts of my family, my sons and my parents, with whom I was able to spend some time over the holiday and thankful to know I have a warm home waiting for me in Chicago.