In honor of this glorious American Holiday I am going to take the time to say, out loud, a few of the MANY things I am thankful for. I do not take enough time out of my day, or even out of my month, to think about all the great things I have in my life; both large and small. I think it is an important thing to do. I think giving thanks for the things we have is a good exercise. I think it is humbling. I think I should do it more often, and I think you should too! At the end of my blog, you should take a moment to write one word, one thing, that you are thankful for, be it large or small. You need not elaborate on why, unless you so chose. Just one word. One word of thanks. One thing, large or small, to express how good you have it.
In my little life there are so many things for me to be thankful for. They come in all shapes and sizes. Some are silly while others typical. Some are personal and some are things most people are thankful for. But all of them have something in common. All of them help to make my life what it is today – great.
Some of the little things I am thankful for:
Coffee and tea. I drink both of these equally, and love them just the same. I am thankful for the days when Roger asks me to make him a pot of tea and we sit and talk at the table while drinking it. For books. And chroniclers, the people who wrote about their times. Crafts and creating things that people love and appreciate. I am thankful that I live in America, a country so great. Where I am treated equal, and so is my daughter. I am thankful that I live in a home with electricity, heat, and running water. For puppies – especially Posha, Prince and Henry VIII. I am thankful for my best friend. And for tobacco, for Marlboro – so don’t you dare try to shut them down! Root Beer. Summertime. Italian Bread. Macaroni and Cheese (shaped like SpongeBob). Music from the 60’s and 70’s. And Smartfood popcorn. I am so very thankful to have an endless number of shoes, shirts, pants, sweaters, etc. in my closet for me to wear; an infinite number of combinations rather than one lone rag covering my body. For always having food and never having to wonder how, or if, I will be able to feed myself, and my family, that day. I am thankful that Bob Dylan is still touring. I love watching him in his element but more than that I love the time I get to spend with my dad while we are there (twelve times and counting!) I am thankful I have a camera to document my days. I am thankful I have photos of those I love who have passed. And ketchup because I put it on everything. For chocolate. Pancakes. My car. I am thankful for “Ted Talks” because they really make me think. For hugs and kisses. I am thankful I find joy in life. I am thankful to be alive.
Some of the bigger things I am thankful for:
My mother for giving up so much to raise me, like all mothers do. And for loving me like only a mother can. I am thankful for my father. Who works so hard to give me, my sister, and now my daughter all the great things in life that he didn’t have growing up. I am thankful for his sense of humor; I like to think it rubbed off on me a bit (maybe?). I am so thankful for the both of them. And for my older sister, Samantha, who put up with my many years of abuse, both to her person and her clothing. I am thankful we have a good relationship. My many Aunts, Uncles and cousins – my family is one of my most treasured assets. I am thankful I can speak and that I am able, at all times, to do so. I am thankful I can walk and see and hear. I am thankful I still have Roger after all these years, and after all my lies. I am thankful when Mia speaks. I am thankful when Mia hugs me. I am thankful when Mia says my name. I am beyond thankful, grateful, and indebted to the universe for allowing me to be so blessed in having a daughter as wonderful and special as she, my Mia Peyton. My very own little wonder-woman. My very own girl. My number one reason to be thankful. My main reason for life. I am thankful for the Teachers, Aids, and specialists (past and present) who have worked so diligently,and for so long, with my daughter – you’re making progress! For hugs and kisses. I am thankful I find joy in life. I am thankful to be alive.
There are plenty of things that I am missing. Some I have kept out on purpose, they are too private to share. Other’s too tedious to name. And some I am sure I have simply overlooked. But I do have one more thing I am very thankful for and it’s you. I am thankful for you, for reading my words and allowing me to feel as if these posts are worth something. I am thankful, and grateful, to you for listening to me. I am so immensely thankful for my eighteen subscribers, and the numerous others who have read my words.
I am thankful. Have a Happy Thanksgiving, friend.
..What are you thankful for?