Friday, November 24, 2006
I Am Thankful For…
I am thankful for the family I had and the family I have now. I am thankful for my grandparents who filled in so many of the blanks my parents left gaping wide open. I am thankful for a sister who tells me she wishes I could share her 25lb turkey this year. I am thankful for photos of my niece, even if I may never seen her again. I am thankful for well behaved children who are growing up so well… if a bit too fast for my liking. I am thankful for a husband who not only tolerates me, but seems to enjoy my company, too.
I am thankful for my friends… my loving, creative, independent, unique, strangely freaky friends. I am thankful for friends who can sit and listen to my idle rambling, because, well, I need to talk a lot more than most people do. I am thankful for the friends who offer advice or instruction. I am thankful for friends who can make me laugh until it hurts - and until the hurt goes away. I am thankful for friends who can enjoy my twisted thoughts, twisted humor, twisted tastes, and who can accept me in spite of my twisted moods, twisted fears, and twisted bad habits.
I am thankful for I am thankful for the relative security that my family has earned over the years. I am thankful for a steady income, a sturdy, beautiful home, and a nearly new vehicle which runs with no issues or problems. I’m thankful that I can pay all of the bills every month. I’m thankful that there is money left over to buy beads or eat out or fix flat tires or to take the family on a mini-vacation to Ft. Bragg.
I am thankful for so many things, but tonight, especially, I am thankful that my friends and family have hung in there, in spite of everything. I am thankful that my friends have made choices that left them here in this world to duke it out until the last bell. I am thankful that I myself received care and support when I most needed it. I am thankful that there are kind strangers and supportive friends out there who will stand by and listen, just listen, so that maybe tragedy can be averted.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Mark Maribel tonight. I hope after everyone emerges from their turkey induced comas, they give thanks for their loved ones and take the time to listen, really listen to them.
Desiree at 11/27/06 08:15 AM
Yes… taking the time to listen, REALLY LISTEN, as you point out would definitely be a key to the family relationships that make the difference.