I thought I’d start today with a list of the things I’m grateful for in my life 🙂
10. Not being born during pioneer days. No really, this is a big one. I don’t think I’d have done well without contact lenses, automobiles, shopping at Steinmart, indoor plumbing and microwave Lean Cuisine. Although, the full skirted fashions had their advantages in hiding the booty . . .
9. Having reached my peace with my father before he passed away from lung cancer. I was able to be there to help take care of him and share valuable time with him and my brothers & sisters.
8. The hard, dark, bouncing off the walls, deep in the pit of dispair times I’ve had in my life, which helped me become the person I am today, she who is able to appreciate all the wonderful things in life.
7. The smell of the bath rug aisle in the Wal Mart. You know, the matchy matchy ones with the rubber backing. There is just something about that smell that makes my mouth water and I feel all oogy inside . . in a good way. DON’T ASK.
6. The opportunity to work at a job which I truly loved, with friends I treasured. It was a blessing afforded me by people who had faith in me and whose opinion I valued highly. I am grateful every day for knowing the joy of being successful at something which was challenging and rewarding beyond my wildest dreams. Thank you Universal Music Group.
5. Beauty around me. I have always had trouble with my eyesight and I fear that some day it will not be good enough to enjoy the beauty around me. Whether it is the way my older son’s blue eyes look when he smiles, or the way my younger son’s tongue reaches out like a windshield wiper around his mouth to get that last bit of melted chocolate, or the way my husband’s hand looks on my stomach when he sneaks up behind me and grabs me to sway to music while we’re cooking dinner. Or it’s the way the white clouds look passing thru a particularly blue sky overhead, seen thru the leaves of a tree with pink flowers. So many simple, beautiful things surround us every day, every minute and they give me amazing energy.
4. The feeling of sitting in a bubble bath on a warm summer afternoon, with the window open, a gentle breeze stirring the curtains and the sound of kids playing somewhere in the neighborhood. That along with a great book, time to enjoy it and a cold can of COKE gently fizzing next to my head.
3. The three year old who is sitting in the living room playing with his space shuttle (the LITTLE one mama, not the big one), after eating his eggs and strawberries, because that’s what he woke up asking for.
2. The 24 year old son who called me Mom for the first time 3 years ago. Wow.
1. The husband who saw all the potential in me that I never saw in myself and coaxed it into bloom. I love you, Hub Unit.
I hope everyone has a wonderful, relaxing, or energetic if that’s what you prefer, weekend 🙂