Goal: 2018 things for which to be thankful in 2018
2018 divided by 52 equals 38.8.
Each Thankful Thursday post should contain a list of 39 gratitudes, an average of five or six every day.
- Delores getting over the flu without complications
- Dale home from the hospital and seemingly doing well
- A parking spot next to the door for critique group last Saturday
- A new member for critique group
- A special phone call from a critique group member
- Seeing a special friend at the pancake feed last night
- Finding an old book proposal (that never went anywhere) to rework
- Having an inspiration about that same old book proposal to tweak it and to improve its chances of being sold
- Finding a kindred spirit to lift a really bad mood
- Encouragement from a coworker for a daughter discouraged at work
- Making arrangements for a day off work to make a pleasure trip out of town
- Being able to hug the son of friends who lost his daughter a few months ago
- Seeing a special act of kindness at the pancake feed last night
- An evening out with friend-husband where we didn’t have to make a deadline
- A good report for my employer from her physician
- A slow day at work when we were short handed
- My computer at work that seemed to heal itself after a crash
- The gift of feeling more like 40 when I’m pushing 80
- The great-grandson-in-law who sent his wife (my great-granddaughter) flowers for no particular reason
- Finding the replacement for a dead vacuum cleaner on sale at half price
- Coming to grips with a difficult decision and being content with it
- Having a little money left at the end of the month rather than the other way around
- Getting my web hosting package renewed at a discount
- Finding childhood friends on FB after years of not being in touch
- My daughter’s plans to reorganize the craft room
- Sharing a Mikey’s funnies quip and having half a dozen FB friends enjoy it with me
- Making a service change that cut my phone bill by half
- Being able to keep up with my New Years commitments this far (most of my “resolutions” have been toast by January 15)
- A much anticipated appointment with my hairdresser this afternoon – so grateful I found her
- That my household has escaped the flu bug thus far
- The excision of a skin cancer on friend-husband’s forehead healing nicely
- Having my grandmother’s Gone-With-the-Wind lamp in my library/office
Okay, it’s bragging rights time. Several years ago, my eldest grandson married a beautiful young woman who had two sons by a previous marriage. Those boys are handsome, intelligent, ambitious, kind, disciplined and well-behaved young men, a reflection of their mother’s parenting skills when she was a single parent.
The elder is in high school, the younger in junior high. Both have specific plans for their futures. My heart swells with pride and gratitude every time I think of them.
Of course, it also swells with pride and gratitude when I think of their younger brother (age five) and infant sister as well.
I am also grateful that the older boys were able to spend some time with their grandmother (my daughter) at her home in Orlando and at Cape Kennedy with a NASA astronaut.
I simply can’t count the gratitudes in this situation. There are too many.
ACH! This has been a busy, busy week. This post was scheduled to publish on February 1 at 06:44. Why it didn’t, I’ll never know. But I was too swamped to check on it. So here it is for what it’s worth. A week late and definitely very short on numbers.