I missed (or avoided) the whole month of gratitude thing. Mainly because I tend to get lazy about stuff like this about halfway through the month. BUT…since Thursday IS Thanksgiving here in the U.S. and I am an extremely grateful woman, I decided to cram it all into one big fat gratitude list for the entire month.
So without further ado, here are the 30 things I am grateful for (and these are in no particular order so don’t get your panties in a wad):
- Family – nuclear, extended, thrust upon me or chosen. I love you all to the core of my being.
- Friends – I don’t throw that word around easily. If I call you friend, it means that I trust you. It also means that I am fiercely loyal and would likely do just about anything for you. I also love you all.
- An abundance of…well…everything – On Sunday I conducted my annual purge where I ruthlessly cull the contents of my closet and get rid of anything I haven’t worn in a year. This year I was more ruthless than usual. The hubs hauled away three large garbage bags full of clothes, shoes and bags and one bag of trash. How can there be people in the world that are starving and cold when I have so many clothes? I don’t know but instead of hanging in my closet, maybe someone else can use them or they can be sold to help others.
- My dogs – they love unconditionally and want only to please. Well…except the beagle. She loves you when she’s hungry and wants only to eat.
- A beautiful home – it’s big enough and warm and lovely and even though we’re upside down in it (meaning we owe more than it’s worth) and the furnishing are…um…well worn, I love it. It’s more than a house…it’s our home.
- Good dermatologists who take the pleas of a menopausal woman seriously.
- A good job with good people.
- Good, reliable transportation to and from that job.
- The fact that I live in a country with an abundance of everything and the freedom of everything that I sometimes take for granted.
- Long eyelashes.
- Good legs.
- Six amazing kids and their respective significant others.
- Seven amazing grandkids (so far).
- One incredible husband.
- Fall weather.
- The blogging world and all of the incredible people in it both sober and otherwise.
- The Redskins and all of NFL football.
- Good health.
- Good teeth – well…good enough anyway. (Coming from a family of false teeth wearers…this is a biggie). Maybe this one should say good dental insurance.
- Plenty of food. Even though I grew up poor and in “the hood” I have never gone to bed hungry nor wondered where my next meal would be. I am blessed.
- Being smoke-free since 2001.
- Being alcohol-free since 2010.
- My faith.
- My relationship with the Big Guy.
- My life…it’s the only one I have and I want to make the most of it.
“Be thankful for what you have. Your life, no matter how bad you think it is, is someone else’s fairy tale.” ~ Wale Ayeni