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Thankful for Martha’s Vineyard

BY VSH | 23 November 2010

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This month I was forwarded a challenge on Facebook – for the month of November, make your daily status something you are thankful for.  “No Worries” I thought and dug straight in – family, friends, good weather, my dog, my job, my upcoming trip to Scotland – all things to be thankful for.
Then, this morning, I was out in my yard, raking leaves while the dog ran around and undid all my neat piles of leaves and just as I was about to yell at him, something stopped me.  I looked at the leaves, the beautiful yellows of the sycamore trees, the orange maple leaves, the copper oak leaves and the bright pinks and reds of my burning bushes and remembered, people flock from all over the world to see these New England fall colors and I’m getting upset about having to see them endlessly as I rake – I should be thankful I don’t have to travel to see them.  This led me to think about all the other things about Martha’s Vineyard that make me thankful to live here…

  • Our amazing community
  • Our beautiful beaches
  • the rolling hills of Chilmark
  • seeing the ocean every day
  • the hundreds of miles of trails to walk
  • the wonderful restaurants

I’m just starting the list for you…as fellow Vineyard lovers, what is it about Martha’s Vineyard that you are most thankful for?

Photo by Woodleywonderworks


November 28, 2010 08:39 am

Angela - It is freezing (it was only 26 degrees at 6am this morning) but it is TOTALLY worth it!! Hope we will see you soon!

November 28, 2010 01:24 am

I am sitting here in CA. wishing I was there. I am thankful I was blessed to come last summer and blessed I will be returning for my official 2nd annual trip w/ my boys. I only wish we could live there year round but my husband says I would freeze. Don't care, it would be WORTH IT!!! Can't stop thinking about your INCREDIBLE island and it has been over 3 mos. I am in love!

November 25, 2010 09:05 am

I'm grateful for the freedom and wherewithal to be able to visit MV as frequently as I do. I'm grateful to God that He has given me this place of peace where I can truly relax and unwind from an otherwise crazy world that seems bent on undoing the people who walk it. MV is a sanctuary and a home away from home.

November 23, 2010 01:27 pm

I'm thankful for the opportunity to live and raise my children in such a beautiful & safe community. They don't know what it's like to have to lock doors or drive several hours (or days) to get to the beach!

November 23, 2010 12:10 pm

I'm thankful for having the Vineyard in my life for over 60 years. For being able to pass the love for it onto my grandchildren. I'm thankful for the beauty, the inspiration, and the peacefulness of this magical Island.

November 23, 2010 11:48 am

I'm thankful for all the amazing moments spent with my family thanks to the relaxing atmosphere of the island - crabbing, biking, reading, beaching, looking across the harbor and simply enjoying life.

November 23, 2010 01:46 am

Thanks for the great comments! It is so easy to forget how fortunate I am to be here. I could have ended up in a million different places when I left Scotland - I am very lucky and grateful to have found MV!