I’m back for my second posting of Ten Things of Thankful, if you missed last week’s edition you can find it here. I’m still working out the kinks, trying to find my own style for these new weekly posts of gratitude. I know there are no rules when it comes to this, but it’s in my nature to carve out a little space to explore my individuality.
As much as I love lists I will quickly get bored with 1-10 or A-J week after week. I’m simply a little odd in this way. I generally don’t like writing ‘journal-ish’ posts because I don’t believe many people are interested in my personal life or the mundane goings on of it. While this particular weekly gathering is mostly for my own benefit, a reminder that despite my depression and often lack of happiness I actually do have things to be thankful for, I still don’t want it to be a bore. Ha, see what I did there? I rhymed without even meaning to!
I have not yet come up with a way to be uniquely creative in listing my thankfuls, but know that it’s on my mind. Now I shall stop blathering on and get to it.
Remaining in the top spot I am truly most thankful and grateful for my husband. He is the gorilla glue that holds my shattered pieces delicately together knowing that the glue can, has, and will break down from time to time. He simply gathers the tiny pieces with gentle understanding and carefully helps put me back together as best he can. I am still in awe that he chose me and loves me so fully.
Due to New Year’s Day, it was a short week at work. Who wouldn’t be thankful for that slice of paradise?!!!
AND, my husband even had New Year’s Day off from work (he typically works holidays), so I got a bonus day to spend with him! Thankful numero tres, mi amigos 🙂
Fourthly, I’m thankful that the holidays are over. I simply do not find the joy in them that I used to, call me jaded if you wish.
I have actually gotten around to sending out some cards and gifts – informing recipients that the 25th came too soon this year so I extended the holidays as needed. I’m not done, but the sending of a few feels great and I am thankful for that.
This past week I was able to be there for a friend, and it just so happens, the very next night she returned the favor as I was in a vulnerable position and she was there for me right back. I am absolutely grateful to have been there for a good friend in need and to have had a good friend to turn to when I was in need as well.
My seventh thankful is for all of the warm, warm welcomes I received in comments from other members of TToT in the past week!!! One of the greatest aspects of blogging is the community you create as you go along, and I am grateful to have come across these folks.
Here’s an odd one for ya, this week I am grateful for puppy pee pads. But they’re not for either of my dogs, they’re for one of my cats. My oldest cat, Layla, has started going outside the box. We’re in the process of finding out if she has a UTI or something medically wrong, but there’s a good chance it’s behavioral or age related. It gets beyond frustrating cleaning up cat urine day after day, but since she goes in the same spot every time we can use these puppy pee pads and it is much easier to clean up! So coming in at number nine, I am thankful for those pee pads!
My husband’s grandmother lives with my in-laws, she recently turned 93 years old. Her health balances on a thin line, from doing better one day to not so well the next. She is a strong-spirited Sicilian woman and she is not afraid to give you her opinion, still as sharp as can be. Also kind and funny, and very frail. She has taken me in as family since I met her in her home in Philadelphia, we were there during Superstorm Sandy, it was her 90th birthday then. She had lived in that house in Philadelphia since she was 18 years old! I could go on with the stories, but my point is I am beyond grateful to have every opportunity I have to spend time with and get to know the woman I call Gram. Knowing her, she’ll live to be 106 and I hope she does, but I am thankful for each day I get to see her smiling and asking somebody to make some coffee.