I wasn’t planning on a “Thanksgiving” post.

This is a late in the day inspiration, now that we have returned home from a relative’s house and I’m fighting my best to keep from falling asleep.

I’ll be brief, and repeat what I wrote in our collective author post on Thanksgiving 2016:

I’m particularly thankful this year for my wife. We met 34 years ago, and it was love at first sight. She went home that night, woke her parents, and told them she’d met the person she was going to marry. It took me a little longer to come around to that view, but not much. We haven’t been apart since that first night. For the past 15 months she has suffered from a painful neurological condition which would have broken most people, including me. Yet she has weathered the storm in heroic fashion, continuing to worry more about those around her than about herself. We continue to seek a remedy, and have traveled the country consulting experts. While no solution is on the immediate horizon, we remain hopeful. I’m thankful for her because I know that if the roles were reversed, and I was the one suffering, she’d be by my side.

With my website 10th Anniversary update last month:

As many of you are aware, the last three years have been incredibly difficult due to family illness, and never more so than this past year. My mental and physical energy have been non-existent at times. There are days and sometimes weeks when I just have to disappear. You may have noticed. Nonetheless, I remain hopeful that life can return to *normal* in this fourth year of our difficult journey.

Next year we will celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary, and that means more to me than all the rest.

That’s us in the featured image, a selfie taken last summer in front of Phillips Brooks House at Harvard, where we met that night in 1982.

We went inside and told our Love Story to some students we met. They smiled politely.

It’s been a struggle, but despite ill health we still have much to be thankful for, including three great kids. We also still have each other.

And we recently had a new granddaughter, our first grandbaby. Finally, one of our kids did something FOR US.

Wishing our Legal Insurrection family — the editors, authors and readers — a Happy Thanksgiving from our family to you and yours.


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