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Thankful Things Thursday: On Love, Baby Carrots & Sweatshirts
Oh, Crohn’s. You just don’t want to let up, do you?
Fortunately, I can put up a pretty strong fight. So I may be slightly sidelined from life today, but tomorrow’s a new one, and I’m here to make the best of how I’m feeling today. Which is awesome.
No, I don’t feel awesome. I feel awful.
But I also feel thankful. Being sick always brings out my extra grateful side.
So let’s get our holiday on!
I’m thankful that, after roughly 356 years, my parents are still so much in love. They met in first grade (my mom says they didn’t meet until seventh grade, but my dad swears otherwise), went to their high school prom together, hitch-hiked to see each other when they went to separate colleges (OK, my dad did the hitch-hiking…my mom waited by the dorm phone for him to call) and then, at 23 got married and at 25 and again at 27 had two beautiful children.
Their love story was cute from the start, and growing up as part of a loving family was a wonderful experience. I feel so lucky to have to happy lovey people setting a great example for me every day.
I’m thankful for the show “Parenthood.” I’m still watching a lot of it. I’m halfway through Season 3 and I really can’t stand at least half of the characters, but it’s fine. I like Amber. And Jabbar. And Joel is dull, but hot. You can be a boring person if you’re very, very good looking.
I’m thankful for baby carrots. They are delicious, but also hilarious.
I’m thankful for emails from my 88-year-old grandmother. She’s the one we call Honey, and she sends the best emails. She’s unintentionally funny, and today I’d like to share an excerpt from her latest letter:
I’m thankful I’m surrounded by such inspiring people. I know so many young entrepreneurs, business owners and big dreamers and their drive rubs off on me daily.
I’m thankful for my bed. I want to stay there forever.
I’m thankful for cozy sweatshirts. Particularly ones that come in very bright colors.
I’m thankful spring is right around the corner. It is, right? And this weekend is Daylight Savings Time, which I think is terrible. The mornings will be very dark again, yeah?
I’m thankful for how awesome the bottom of the dress looks in this photo:
And this photo:
I don’t know why that’s something I’m thankful for. I just think the dress looks cool. And I thought I would share that with you.
I’m thankful everyone I work with bought Girl Scout Cookies. I’m also thankful they let me eat all of them. I’m a Tagalong girl all the way.
I’m thankful I got to ski this year. I thought I’d get out “almost every weekend,” but in reality I only went once. Sounds about right. But it was in Colorado and so in my mind that counts for about four eastern ski weekends.
I’m thankful I remembered to be thankful for running earlier in the week. I didn’t run yesterday and the odds of it happening today are hovering around zero. But I got to run on Monday and Tuesday, so that was nice! And I remember enjoying it and feeling happy about it, so no complaints over here.
Clearly today’s thankful list is a bit simple and boring. I’m sorry. My creative juices are on hold while my digestive system is busy deteriorating.
FILL MY CREATIVE VOID: What are you thankful for today that’s clever?