Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Thankfulness

Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving. I'm going to be busy, so no posts over the holiday weekend if I can help it.

A fellow blogger (Booshy) issued homework (weird, right?) to her readers, and I (as a reader) complied. I'm still not sure why I felt like I needed to respond to her homework request, but perhaps I'm just a willing student and secretly like to please other people. Anyway, Booshy asked her readers to write down what they are thankful for. So, here's my "essay." Enjoy.

There are some things (that really aren’t things at all) that I am so grateful for that when I contemplate their absence, a lump of tears forms in my throat and a weight of unbelievable fear of loss constricts my chest. I have no greater reason for thanks than the fact that I have been blessed with love, including that of my outrageously funny husband, my three truly adorable (and I’m not exaggerating) children, my parents and siblings, my friends, my job, our home, our health, our safety (and the men and women who risk their lives to secure it), and our joy. These are Heaven-sent and fill my life. However, there are a multitude of seemingly inconsequential things that fill the crannies of my days, and therefore prove that nothing is inconsequential, and I am therefore thankful for these as well:

• my own pillow
• 400-count sheets
• a good song on the radio
• a book’s happy ending
• panties that don’t wedge
• finding money in my pocket
• the perfect pair of jeans
• waking up and realizing I have at least one more hour of sleep
• a good hair day
• capturing unabashed happiness on film
• saying goodbye
• catching up with good friends
• a cup of coffee and a slice of dessert
• anyone who sends me flowers
• curling up in a comfortable blanket
• hugs that last too long
• people who have actually already done the work out videos that I bought and are evidence that I could look good too if I would actually do the program (consequently, I also secretly hate these people)
• feeling confident simply based on the clothes I’m wearing
• scratching an itch
• baby feet
• anyone who remembers my birthday
• people who can’t remember how old I am on my birthday
• eating an outstanding meal
• long talks with my sisters
• knowing that anything is possible
• friends who will do anything to help me out
• the saints who coach my kids’ sports teams (beyond heroic!)
• dentists (a love/hate relationship)
• hangover remedies
• the pop of excitement I feel immediately following the pop of a champagne bottle
• a pen that writes well
• library books and school books
• teeny tiny toilets that are made for kids
• shoes
• the Postal Service
• tampons (Yes, really. And all of you should be grateful too.)
• ocean waves
• Blogs that allow me to keep up with my friends and make new friends
• and each person who actually took the time to read this. I am grateful for you too.


Joan said...

Ditto on everything you said! I love those talks, too. And yes, tampons along with adhesive sanitary napkin, hated those belts!!
I am also thankful for great co-workers who make it a joy to come to work every day.

The Potters said...

The last one made me smile. :)

lisawitt said...

happy thanksgiving theresa!! i add ice cream and cheese to your list....they always make me happy! :)

Mary said...

Well said! Hope you are enjoying the holiday weekend! Love you!

booshy said...

I'm not weird. I'm demanding. :)

besides, your list was awesome.

(and a belated thank you for the shout out :) )