Thankful Thursday

I’ve been super aware lately just how much there is to be thankful for in my life. Everytime I turn on the radio, it seems like something new is dire. It’s not just the economy either. From global warming to third world conflicts in Africa through to space junk, the world doesn’t seem like a very cheery place. I think that while there is a lot wrong, worrying and sorrowful these days that the world is still a fundamentally good place. Or, at least, as fundamentally good a place as it has ever been.

Every night when I put Grey to bed, I start a prayer. “Dear Lord” I say, “Grey is thankful for these things:” and then Grey will fill in the blanks. (This often becomes a list of people he knows. Or what he wants for his fourth birthday, which is, for the record, a DS and a Barbie.) I should be equally grateful.

Here is what I am grateful for:
*A husband who loves me
*Two fine, healthy, bonny boys
*The smiles Thane gives. They’re truly remarkable.
*Disposable diapers
*A house I really enjoy living in
*Neighbors who are becoming friends
*A church full of people all working towards doing God’s work
*The impending return of the Red Sox to my daily life
*Employment for both my husband and me
*My iPod, which dramatically improves my life with stories and music
*The really neat return address stamp I got for Christmas
*The astonishing and continuing ingenuity of humanity
*Getting to eavesdrop on the stories Grey tells himself
*The first day of Spring tomorrow
*My husband’s latest hobby: bread-making
*Entering the sweet spot where you still have energy, but also have experience
*Gazing out over the fields at night

What are you thankful for?

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Brenda currently lives in Stoneham MA, but grew up in Mineral WA. She is surrounded by men, with two sons, one husband and two boy cats. She plays trumpet at church, cans farmshare produce and works in software.

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