A time to be thankful

I’ve been a little lax in posting lately- really, since I started this thing, but even moreso now – so thought it best I get back to it. And what better time than now, when winter is fast approaching and we’re all going to be holed up at home, trying to stay warm and searching for something to do.

I’m stealing this idea from several Facebook friends who have opted to post their own “30 days to be thankful” lists, one item for each day. Because I have a hard time saying anything in a short way – and because I need to get back to blogging – I’m going to do mine here. Of course, those who know me will appreciate the irony/symbolism of my getting started on the second day of November because I am rarely “on time” for anything. Hell, I was even four days late coming out of the birth canal! 

Day One: I’ll start with something easy, but knock of two things with one day (which will make it tougher at the end of the month). I have to start by saying I am most thankful for the incredible family and friends that I have. I’ve often said I was blessed to have been born into the family I was and I will continue saying it.  Many of my family members are among my very best friends, and I couldn’t imagine it any other way.

I’ve also been blessed with some very wonderful friends, many of whom are like family. I’ve also come to realize that sappy internet/Facebook post about “friends coming to your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime” is really pretty true. I have some lifetime friends, but there have also been people in my life who were very important to me at the time they were in my life, mostly when one or the other of us needed just what the other had to offer to get us through a hard time or difficult situation. Rather than mourn the loss of those friendships I’ve learned to appreciate them for what they were.

Day Two: My kids. I know, technically they fall under “family” but really, they’re so much more. We’ve been on our own for what will be 10 years in January (holy cow!) and, quite honestly, we’ve been through a lot together. But when they could have resented me, turned to deviant behavior or done a lot of really bad things, they haven’t. That’s not to say we’ve lived the lives of Pollyanna – we’ve had our share of parent/child drama – but I’m really proud of the people they are becoming. I love that we enjoy spending time together, even if it’s just going to the grocery store or sitting around watching a movie or something really dumb on TV (Justin and I watch “Archer” together now when he’s home – hilariously funny, but really, really dumb …). We’ve got the wonderful relationship that allows us to be friends while at the same time they still know “I’m the Momma” and they respect that line. They’re amazing, and I’ve had a great time watching them strengthen their wings and get ready to fly.

(See why I didn’t do this on Facebook?!)

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