Listen, I get it. 30 days of Thankfulness. It's a great idea. And it's not even that I'm against it. I figure any time anybody stops to take the time to think about all the things they are thankful for is a pretty good thing. I even did a thankfulness series on here a few years ago and I took a pretty big lesson away from it all.
There aren't enough days in the year to say all that I am thankful for. And let's just be honest - I'm never going to remember to set down and post on FB like clockwork.
So in the spirit of 30 days of Thankfulness here are just a few (30) of the things, big and small, that I am thankful for. (in no particular order - except for the first)
1) Always my number 1, The Captain. Who makes me laugh.
2) My kindle. Even though it's cracked and takes the term '1st generation' to a whole new level. Even though it doesn't fit in its lovely leather case anymore. Even though The Captain bought me a shiny new kindle fire. I still love my good Ol' Faithful.
3) My birthday. Yes, it's silly and childish, but I take great delight in a day when I can ask for Mexican food, chocolate cake, and fuzzy socks. And it all happens!
4) The fact that Peanut has embraced running and can't wait for next season. I haven't seen her this excited about something in a while and it makes my heart smile to watch her run.
5) A coach who has helped my girl find her passion. The love that Coach T has for her team cannot be overstated. And they give it to her right back. She could tell Peanut to run to Lexington and back and Peanut would try rather than disappoint Coach.
6) Fuzzy socks.
7) Satellite radio and heated leather seats. They certainly make driving my mom taxi much more enjoyable.
8) The fact that Bubbo learned how to mow this summer. I miss when my babies were truly babies, but, man, it sure is nice when they can do some grown-up things around here.
9) The fact that both my babies love to read as much as I do. If I never gave them another thing a love of reading would be enough.
10) 3rd Street Coffee shop. Oh, how you make the weekday better.
11 )Peanuts movies on ABC Family
12) Traditions like Thanksgiving eve stuffing-making. And Mamaw 'I'm-not-going-to-end-up-a-making-as-much-this-year' K.
13) Handing out diplomas at graduation.The very best part of being a school board member.
15) The fact that the cat is finally out of the bag and after 13 years together The Captain found out a few years ago that I am a secret comic book nerd and Star Trek Fan. The pressure of keeping all that geekery to myself was exhausting
16) That Boyd has found someone with whom he wishes to spend the rest of his life with. And that she thought it was a good idea, too!
17) That I got to go see my very first Green Bay Packer's game this year. At Lambeau. And, yes, it really is as great as you've heard.
18) That my baby boy still likes to cuddle. It makes it a little easier to stand the fact that his feet are now bigger than mine.
19) Good friends that are there when you need them. With coffee. Or alcohol. Or both!
20) That I was able to coax Gravy down out of that tree the other night before it got full dark. Stupid cat!
21) Bubble baths
22) That Peanut has inspired me to start running. To be fair it's mostly walking with sporadic bursts of slightly increased speed. But I'm up to 3 miles. Hey, that's a big deal for me.
23) Thanksgiving. I realize that it may be a bit redundant to be thankful for Thanksgiving, but it is seriously my favorite holiday. It's not religious. It's not political. It's just a day of being with family and/or friends and being thankful for the blessings in your life.
24) The fact that The Big A (my papaw, for those not in the know) didn't lose his life or even his foot over his resistance to taking the time out of his busy schedule to go to the doctor to see about 'that little blister' on his foot.
25) The fact that The Captain knows I'm crazy but loves me anyways.
26) That Boyd moved closer to where I live. 30 minutes is a great thing compared to 3 hours.
27) Gluten Free chocolate cake.
28) Clean Sheet Day!!!
29) A comfortable home that is never quite all the way clean.
30) Road Trips
I could go on and on but I suppose the thing that I am most thankful for is the fact that I have learned that always taking the time to recognize what I am thankful for is the greatest gift I can give myself. I'm not a religious person, or even particularly spiritual but even I know that life is too short to ever take anything for granted.