I’ve been quite absent over the last week or so, with a lot on my mind. About two weeks ago I was notified that someone I once loved had died and based on the details I was given, he committed suicide. This situation has been hard for me to cope with and I’ve been mostly binge playing The Sims 3. The game may be related to my coping or is possibly just a straight desire to game. Either way, I’ve been highly unfocused.
I’m subscribed to the SITS Back to Blogging Challenge and have been a non participant until I got today’s prompt. It requested me to list things I’m thankful for. As I am a strong proponent of being thankful year round, not just on Thanksgiving, I was thrilled that this writing instruction was included in the challenge. Not only that, it comes at a time where I need to be consciously thinking about what I have in my life to be thankful about.
I’m consistently grateful to be engaged a man (Nick, of course!) with a love that never seems to waver and to have two talented, happy children. There are other things a little less obvious in my life that I’m thankful about but don’t appreciate as frequently. For instance, I’m thankful that Nick washes the dishes most of the time. Today I washed them and was instantly annoyed with the dishes. I just really dislike this chore. I’m also grateful that when I’m having a bout of depression blues or cabin fever he’ll do the picking up and sweeping too. I’m grateful that we have the opportunity to enroll our children in extracurricular activities. It’s been a joy to experience watching them learn soccer and dance.
Then there are more worldly things that I’m thankful for, such as the availability of fresh water and food. I’m grateful for the music that brings our family together with the impromptu dance parties we have at least once a week. I know I’m also thankful for the rights that I have as a woman, that many women generations before me didn’t have, such as voting and holding public office. I’m grateful that I have the right to stand up for my beliefs and I’m incredibly grateful that so much of our country has in the last few years been giving the rights I have to my LGBT friends. On that note, I’m thankful for those friends as well, every single one regardless of race, gender, age, or sexual orientation.
I think I have exceeded the ten things requested and I feel like I could continue to list things all evening. However, since I’ve deprived you of content all week, I’m going to get this posted. Much love to all of you.