You all probably guessed that my word is thankful. I’ve thought seriously about several other words but it has to be thankful.
More than just sharing here, or in my personal journal about the things for which I’m thankful, I want to learn to live my life in a state of being thankful. There’s so much to be thankful for . . really every minute of every day I could think of something and still wouldn’t cover it all. I think that if we spend more time being thankful and less time wishing things were different, or wishing for a better life, we’d all be happier. I’m not saying I’m “there” but that’s what I’m going to work toward this year.
I won’t share everything I am thankful for but here are a few that just pop into head and deserve a place at the top of my list.
Vince – As most of you know, we met on the internet way back before that was cool and at that time, the last thing we were expecting was a date. He was in Georgia. I was in Louisiana. I asked a question in an online forum about a printer for my computer. He answered it so I thought . . this guy knows what he’s talking about so I asked about a scanner, and then I asked about how to upgrade my modem to a faster speed. I wonder if he ever looks back and thinks . . I should have stopped after answering that first question! Life isn’t always a bowl of cherries around here but at the end of the day, I can’t imagine that there’s anyone any more perfect for me. Thinking back to how we met, how we got together, the obstacles, and even after we were together, those first couple of years when our families blended about like oil and water . . it was just meant to be! There are nights, even now, when I stand in the shower and say “I will not go to bed mad! I will go out there and discuss this with him. I will say “I love you” and kiss him goodnight!” I can’t imagine where I would be or where Chad would be without Vince in our lives.
Health – I am thankful that it appears my parents and Vince have recovered, or, are recovering from Covid. I think I have good genes because I’m so rarely sick. I could get bad health news tomorrow and I’ll still be thankful that in my 66 years, I’ve had such good health, good energy and pretty much always feel good.
Living in Missouri – I was never sure this day would come but you all know how happy I am to be here and I’ll be much happier when Vince is here and has found his little “man cave” location. Living closer to Chad, Nicole and Addie has been my dream . . really, it consumed about all my thoughts . . for so long and I’m thankful that Vince agreed, even though I know it wasn’t his first choice for a place to live but he knew what it meant to me.
My Grandparents – I’m thankful for the influence they had in my young years. I wasn’t able to spend as much time with my dad’s mom as I was with my mom’s parents. My dad’s dad passed away four years before I was born so I never knew him. I think I’m much like my dad’s mom. I was talking to one of my older cousins not long ago and she told me that Granny was always scared at night and even in the summer, she’d lock the door and close all the windows. Granny was a little woman but no one walked on her. She was strong and fiercely protective of her kids and grandkids. My mom’s mom was quiet and kind and I never ever saw her angry. She was soft hearted and her feelings were hurt easily. I’m not so much like her. 🙁
Without being told, I learned so many things by example from my grandparents – simple things like always do what you said you would do, always be on time, be nice to everyone even if they aren’t nice to you, never give up and you can do anything you want to do.
I remember one time when I was a teen and short skirts were in style. One time Granny (dad’s mom) looked at me and said “Honey, your ankles are pretty but a nice young lady never shows her knees!”
Until I met Vince, I never thought about it but many of the immigrants, like Vince’s parents, had left all their families behind and Vince either never saw his grandparents or doesn’t remember having seen them. Not having a close relationship with grandparents just changes the family dynamic . . in my opinion.
Blog Readers – It probably sounds dorky but of many of the blog readers really feel like good friends, even though I’ve only met a few in real life. A couple of years ago, I was going through a bit of a crisis and confided in a blog reader whom I’ve never met but I knew she is a Godly lady. She really devoted a lot of time to helping me keep my head above water and I’ll never forget her kindness. I have a reader who doesn’t live far from where we are now and she’s told me over and over that if I need ANYTHING, just call and she and her husband will be here . . and I know they would. When we moved to MO the first time, a blog reader, who was also a longarm quilter, jumped right in and helped me get all the licenses and do everything I needed to do to be “legal” in MO. She lives near Kansas City and several times when I was flying out of KC, I’d stay with them. They even came to visit us in Texas!
It really is comforting to know that so many of you are out there if I needed help in your area, someone would be there for me. I love the comments and the emails and I suppose since I’m a bit of a loner as far as social activity, you really are my friends.
That’s enough . . I could go on and on!