To mix it up a little, I’m going to start listing things I’m thankful for from each particular year. I’m thinking it’ll make my list a little more unique and be a nice recap of the year.
The first 5:
- The time I spent with my dad before he passed away. After my mom died, I often thought about whether it would have been better if I had known she was sick. It’s a dilemma. I would’ve spent more time with her. I would’ve gotten to talk with her, ask her things I’ll now never know the answers to. But, on the other hand, I would’ve had to watch her body fail her. Watching my dad die was painful, but we had a lot of quality time during his last several months. Time to clear the air. Time to talk about life and could haves and should haves. Time to eat Coney dogs. It was bittersweet, but I’ll always cherish that time.
- Being able to go to Kings Island with Wendy and Mike. So many things aligned for this to happen. We could get time off from work. Our busy schedules worked out. We could afford it. We had people we trusted – and who were willing – to watch our son. It was one of the highlights of my year.
- Grad school. As much as I complain about it, grad school is pretty awesome. I love learning. I love thinking. I’m grateful that I like these things and have the time and resources to do them. It wouldn’t be possible without my husband and a job that financially supports continued education.
- Nature. I grew up in the country. I’m meant to live in the country. I’m thankful that I do. This year has been amazing, surrounded by corn and soybeans and trees. I can’t hear or see my neighbors. I don’t have to worry about cars crashing into my porch. I can sit outside and read in peace. My son can play outside, safely. Heaven on Earth.
- My porch swing, may it rest in peace. One of the first things we bought at our first house was a porch swing. I considered it a necessity. It doesn’t fit on the porch of our new house, so Billy bought me a stand alone swing this year. I loved it. It had a nice little canopy to protect my sensitive skin from the sun and cushioned seats (fancy!). I loved sitting outside and reading or watching BB jump on the trampoline. Then it died. We had it anchored, but a freak storm left it mangled beyond repair. It was a sad day in our house. But I enjoyed it while I had it.