Many years ago, at a family Thanksgiving supper, I insisted that we went around the entire table and each person had to say what they were thankful for.  No doubt on the advice of a teacher who said it would be a good idea!  Well it has stuck.  And I dread it each and every year, and only have myself to blame.  It leads to hours of me thinking of what I am going to say, I don’t want to go with the old stand bys of my family, food and good health.  Don’t get me wrong, I am thankful for those things, but they are so predictable.  I want something poignant, something thought provoking.  Here are some of the things I have been thinking about for Sundays ritual.

I am thankful for mistakes.  Each mistake has given me an opportunity to fixed something that was wrong in my life, and led to better things.  Each mistake has provided a wake up call and chance to improve the things I don’t like.

I am thankful for flexibility.  I like being able to touch my toes.  I like being able to change the way I see things so that I can be closer to understanding another person.

I am thankful for spell check.

I am thankful for the dead of winter, so that I can appreciate spring, and then summer, and also fall.

I am thankful for big belly laughs.

So yes, I am thankful that my family is healthy, that I have a loving husband, a good job, and that we have more than enough food and a roof over our heads.  But I appreciate all the little things each day.  The contrast of the fall leaves against a vibrant blue sky, each person and family that shares their story with me and lets me into their world, the enjoyment of a good meal, and those times when there is laughter at home. 

Little things.  Thanks.


About mcwhclan

Mom of two, student, wife, daughter... where does one keep all these hats?
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3 Responses to Thanks

  1. predictable? nah. poignant and provoking? absolutely. i’m with you here. and i’d say you’ve got the good p’s covered quite nicely . . . or, since it’s around a meal: well done.

  2. LOL! I’m thankful for spell check too!

  3. A.J. says:

    …..was that “Little things” a short joke?? 😉

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