Friday, November 30, 2012

Thankful, part 3, the final installment

Day 22:  I'm thankful for the bounty of food before me and the friends and family at my side with whom I share it.

Day 23:  I'm thankful for pie for breakfast.

Day 24: I'm thankful that I am able to surprise my friend for her birthday with many of her friends, providing her with lots of laughter and good cheer.

Day 25: I'm thankful that I have enough leftovers in the house that I can put off grocery shopping at least one more day

Day 26: I'm thankful for the individuals who donate their bodies to science. Today, they provided me with a unique experience to view and understand the human body.

Day 27: I'm thankful for the wonderful potlucks we have at school, where everyone gets to relax a bit and enjoy themselves before diving back into their studies.

Day 28:  I'm thankful that I'm done paying for orthodontia for at least a little while.

Day 29: I'm thankful to have the opportunity to attend educational conferences that enlighten me and inspire me to pursue my education.

Day 30: That I have a wonderful puppy to keep me entertained and exercised.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thankful, part 2

Day 12 - I'm thankful for the volunteers who give of their time to make my son's boy scout troop a success. Watching them tonight made my heart swell.

Day 13 - I'm thankful that the truck battery died at home and not on the camping trip this weekend.

Day 14 - While I'm thinking of vehicles, I'm thankful I have a reliable means of transportation that is completely paid for.

Day 15 - For my classmates, who are quickly becoming my second family. They are generally supportive and kind

Day 16 - For my sister's accomplishment of earning her doctorate. She worked so hard for it, I am thankful that she completed the program, as I know there were many a day that she contemplated her sanity in finishing.

Day 17 - After waking up too early, the joy of being able to go back to bed because I have nothing planned for the morning.

Day 18 - The hugs my son is freely giving me after a weekend away. They are like precious gems, sought after but not often found. I treasure each one of them.

Day 19 - That my son wants share our heritage with his classmates through the classic Italian way - food.

Day 20 - The relative easiness of my last tests before my mini-vacation. It was with a light heart that I skipped out of my classroom this morning.

Day 21 - I'm thankful for the small break from studying I have over the holiday.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving - take a moment to appreciate all that you have.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thankful, part 1

It seems many of my friends have been publishing what they are thankful for on Facebook, one item for each day in November. I've been reflecting on it as well, but have chosen to condense it so as to make it a little more interesting to read, as you will notice that different days bring different attitudes from me, some days I'm more spiritual, others I'm more grounded.

Day 1: The grade school friendships that have lasted all these years and still brighten my days 35 years later. I have not always been able to count on the current people in my life, but the Graniteville group always has my back.

Day 2: Having Fridays off so that I am able to run errands relatively crowd free. Shopping and bank errands are not something I enjoy; but since I have to do them, at least I can do them when most other folks are at work.

Day 3: Sharing in volunteering activities with my son. I don't know if he appreciates it as much as I do; however, I always walk away with a happy heart and full spirit.

Day 4: My sister. She gets me and is always there to support me, no matter how down or frustrated I may be. Plus, I get her, and (hopefully) can do the same for her.

Day 5:  My soul mate, my hubby. He's not always able to be here physically, but he is always here in my heart.

Day 6: That I can vote, that I can express my opinion freely without fear of persecution (although there may be some snarkiness on facebook).

Day 7: For the drive to school, because I get to sing at the top of my lungs for over an hour with absolutely no one there to criticize my somewhat off-key singing.

Day 8: Hubby's support in my endeavor to become a PTA. He may not know how to pronounce all the terms, but he'll at least try.

Day 9: Naps

Day 10: A car that works and gets me from place to place relatively worry free.

Day 11: For every soldier who has made sacrifices to protect this country. Sacrifices that includes family time, material goods, physical health and their lives.

(to be continued...)