Thanksgiving is a time I try to express my gratitude for my family, friends, and life. I was struck by Kristen Lamb’s gratitude post because she concentrates on the blessings revealed by inconveniences. One example, among many, is to see the blessing in washing the dog blankets because she has a dog for a companion.
Once I learned how to look at several incidents this fall, I see they are unseen blessings. I am grateful for the post-surgical complication that landed me in the ICU, because I no longer take a day, or an hour, or even a minute, for granted.
I am grateful for only having the use of one hand, because I know that it is temporary, and it has made me far more mindful of the things that I do. I often write by hand, with a fountain pen in a notebook, enjoying the process of translating the words to the motion of my hand.
I am grateful for the inflated grocery bill, because my sons are home with us this fall, before going to college in the spring. I treasure their stopping here on the cusp of their adulthood.
I am grateful for my husband who needs so much more “together” time than I do, because he thinks I am pretty cool,
even though especially because I am nerdy.
I am grateful for my sister who cannot figure out the time difference with New York and calls in the middle of dinner, because she calls and cares.
I am grateful for my friends, who dig me out of my hermit self, and make me do things with them that I enjoy, but would never do alone.
I am grateful for my dog who digs up the yard, because she knows when I am sad or feeling ill, and will not leave my side.
Thank you to all of you. I am grateful to know you, have you as friends and family, and spend time with you.