Maybe November is a month for thankfulness and gratitude. I am sitting here, on the one hand, in a toasty warm house with my coffee and some cute kittens and puppies. On the other hand, I have had a crummy cold for a few days, and my parents and their dog are coming over. Their energetic dog, remember her? BUT they will have my 26 yo nephew with them, the only nephew that I have, soooooo....maybe it is time to push the funk aside, make the chocolate cookies (trying to keep them germ free--but hey, at least this is just family!) clean the bathrooms again, try to clean the carpet....and, well let's pause a minute.
My muffincake was telling me about her magazine and gratitude journals. She also had read somewhere about the family habit of sharing 3 things a person is grateful for at the dinner table. Do I need to state what I am grateful for everyday? You could say 'why not, then go make the cookies and all...'
It all becomes very real when you consider that yesterday an 18 wheeler came around the corner and I had to back up my car so fast and STILL those back tires were huge and I had to shift into drive and swerve onto the sidewalk to get away---the image of those back tires coming toward me makes me realize--we are lucky to be alive and well, because in less than 5 seconds you could be a pancake.
I was walking the dogs thinking 'the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month'....thinking that I am in a warm coat, with warm boots and gloves, but I am cold. How cold were those people in 1918, standing in a wet, snowy and muddy trench? How about the guys in Vietnam, in a pointless war that they didn't ask for, and they didn't have much choice but to go. All the young people sent into the horror of war. I am grateful that nobody has made me do that, nor has anybody attacked central NY in nearly 200 years. Happy Veteran's Day, and here's hoping one day we have Happy Peace day.
You know, today especially, I am grateful for my family and friends, and so many of them will be here in less than an hour! Muffinpie doesn't feel too good herself, but off she went to work this morning, without....as much grumbling as there could have been. I am esp. grateful to her.
My wife mentioned a little girl she read about who says 'I am grateful for Annie's crackers' and I sure am too.