Even though it seems Thanksgiving only receives slight notice as our society rushes toward Christmas, it is a time for me to pause and list some of the things that fill me with gratitude. I have a long list, even in this chaotic economic time. Here is a sampling--some of them serious, some of them silly--that hopefully will bring a smile or a nod to you.
-- My house is warm and mostly dry--except for the window I forgot to caulk when we were remodeling.
-- My sons are alive and mostly well after health crises for both of them in late summer.
-- I can see that darn blinking cursor, and most of the time there are words beside it.
-- I have a steady source of income and other jobs that add to it.
-- My dogs adore me--as long as meals are on time--and love to cuddle.
-- I have the power to heal and sometimes I quit whining long enough to use it.
-- My car is paid for and my bills are up to date.
-- Flowers are still blooming in my yard and the sun still shines between rain storms long enough to get out and enjoy them.
-- I can walk, I can run--though kinda slowly--and I can laugh.
-- My grandkids take time out from their video games to play cards or board games with me.
-- My kids sometimes call just to say hello.
-- My "work" is things I love to do.
-- I have yummy food to eat and not all of it is chocolate.
-- The piles of laundry on my dining room table are clean and dry.
-- The lights still come on when I flip the switch and the thermostat on the furnace works.
-- The dishes are washed and the dusting can wait another few days.
-- I have a whirlpool tub in my beautifully remodeled bathroom.
-- After 14 years, one of my animal companions transitioned without assistance. His physical presence will be terribly missed, but he is free from the constraints of a physical body that no longer served his beautiful spirit.
-- I can write, I can see, I can feel, I can love.
AND...other writers who take the time to support each other and to share their thoughts. Please share one or two of your own special items of gratitude if you are so inclined and aren't too exhausted from shopping. :)
Watch for my soon-to-be-updated Web site at www.genenevalleau.com and the release of CHASING RAINBOWS, a romantic comedy novella, in "A Valentine's Anthology," February 2010.