What Mumsnetters are thankful for: the NHS, cake and each other

In honour of all our American Mumsnetters - both ex-pat and stateside - ahead of the annual Thanksgiving celebration we asked what makes you thankful. Here's what you came up with.

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Children, partners and all they bring to life's table

"I am thankful that my tantrumming, will not wear shoes, won't wee or poo in a loo, never wipes his bum son has started school, and not yet been invited to see the head teacher to be named and shamed in their 'not good behaviour' file."

"I'm thankful for our lovely daughter. We thought we would never have any children and we are more thankful to have her than we ever thought possible."

"My soon-to-be-husband who has stuck with me when many others would have run for the hills." 

"My two wonderful, if exhausting, children. The doctors and scientists that developed and continue to improve IVF, who helped make them possible."

Health is wealth

"My health, despite all the odds. If it weren't for the NHS and modern medicine, I wouldn't be here."

"My now-retired gynaecologist, who looked after me when I was pregnant with my second son. I lost my first son when he was born at 27 weeks and the gynaecologist was amazing when I found out about my second. He saw me every two weeks of my pregnancy, arranged my hospital stay when I had pre-eclampsia and wouldn't let me leave hospital after my son was born until he had been to see him!"

"My wonderful husband and our two daughters for being in my life and supporting me through my recovery from a recent stroke. My lovely sister for getting me the help I needed after the stroke when I thought I just needed a lie down. The ambulance service and all the staff within the NHS; my care was exemplary thanks to their dedication. I am thankful to be alive and more than halfway on the road to recovery."

"Gloucester mental health services, the psych crisis team, the pharmaceuticals they give me and the NHS which enables me to have this immediately when I need it."

Family and friends

"Having the most amazing parents. They took me and my sister on great camping holidays, Dad was always such good fun and Mum fabulously scatty. My Dad worked all the hours he could in order to take us on foreign holidays. I will always be grateful to them for such a sound upbringing."

"My grandparents. They are the most marvellous people I know and I feel honoured to have been brought up by them. Although they're nearing 80, they absolutely refuse to act their age and still make me laugh every single day. Their attitude to life and determinedness to live it as they always have has taught me that age really is just a number. I hope I can be half as brilliant as them when I'm at that stage in my life."

"My parents, who are phenomenal. The group of friends who have been amazing though the most horrendous time and who probably saved me. My old boss, who is coming up with the most random things she needs doing so she can pay me for doing something while I'm unemployed."

Four walls, warmth and clean water

"That our benefits system exists so I have somewhere to live and something to eat."

"The roof over my head, the food in my fridge/cupboards and the water that appears whenever I turn my tap on."

"Antibiotics, clean water, the means to put food on the table so my kids don't go hungry, access to healthcare without worrying about the cost, free education, living in a country where the geology/weather are unlikely to kill my family or destroy my home, and free speech."

Sustenance and Mumsnet, which go so very well hand-in-hand

"Wine, Mumsnet and Sky! Good friends and chocolate."

"Oreos, salt and vinegar crisps and pad thai!"

"The chip shop I discovered in Cheltenham last week which serves chips like the Devon seaside."

"Mumsnet. It's vaguely kept me sane."

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