Earlier this week a Facebook entry from Jen at use real butter mentioned she would daily post (through to the end of November) something she was thankful for. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving in this part of the world but I thought it was a nice idea. I'm posting my thankfulness over at Facebook each day and will also post here until the end of the month.
What are you thankful for today?
This is my final thank you post for this meme. Thank you to everyone who left comments and showed their support. I'm thankful you are all in my life. I ♥ you all.
This thankful post is possibly the most difficult to write. How do you say thank you to the person who has been there for the past 37 years, through thick and the thin, the ups and downs, the good and the bad? How do you put into words how the last 5 years have been made bearable by having that person by your side? How do you say thank you to the one who makes you laugh when it's the last thing you feel like doing, who accepts you for who you are and loves you unconditionally. Thank you Bryan, I love you.
I am thankful for my children Chris and Michael. Being a mother is one of the most challenging and satisfying choices one can make. Teenage boys can cause enormous stress but when they become loving, well rounded young men you realise you did okay at parenting. I am also grateful to Diane and Barb, our AFS host daughters who allow me to be their to be their second Mum.
I am thankful for friends. Old friends, new friends, friends I've known forever, new friends I've met through blogging, forgotten friends who came back into my life 5 years ago to offer their help. For your unconditional love and support I thank you all.
I'm thankful for everyone that fought for both gender and racial equality. There is still a long way to go before we are all considered and treated as equal.... but there has been a huge improvement in what was once acceptable.
I'm thankful for Harry Krinks. Harry died in WW1. He was my Grandmother's first husband. Had he not died, my Grandmother would not have married my grandfather, my mother would not exist and I would not be here.....and you would not be reading this.
I'm thankful for the passion I have for certain things in life. Passions may change as we grow but I'll always be grateful for the knowledge and friends I have made through my passions. How boring life would be without passion.
I'm thankful I can afford to eat what I want when I want. I can only imagine how tough life is for those peope who live in a place of poverty or famine. I've experienced being unable to sleep because I was hungry, but too sick to eat. I knew there would be an end to it and I'd eat normally again. Those that go to bed hungry because they live in poverty or famine don't have that privilige.
I'm thankful for the winemakers of the world. Especially the ones who use their talent to create an idividual wine full of complex tastes and aromas. If wine drinkers only drank quality wine, winemakers wouldn't be forced to produce the cheap commercial wines demanded by supermarkets and liquor chains.
I'm thankful for laughter. When I completed my chemo four months ago I suffered depression. It felt like 80% of my day, every day, was spent in depression. I began to think I'd never feel happy again. Slowly I came through it. Just this week I noticed I was experiencing maybe only 20% of my entire week feeling depressed. And best of all I was laughing again.
DAY 3I'm thankful for all the writers, artisits, musicians, photographers and film directors in the world. They make me laugh, they make me cry, they make me think. I am grateful for the joy and inspiration they bring to my life.
I'm thankful I walked the Camino de Santiago. Walking 6 hours a day gives you so much time to think and contemplate life. I learnt such a lot about myself and realised it is the people I meet and the joys I experience are the things that are important to me.