Thursday, November 23, 2006

Thanksgiving Day

I've read many "I'm thankful for's" over the blog world and they all touch me. I too have much to be thankful for in my life. And then I came across one "I'm thankful for" that floored me. And caused me to look at this day in an all together different light.

It was a listing of the hard things in life. And I think I'll add a couple of my own.

I'm thankful that my mother had me so young that she couldn't care for me. It gave me many sweet years with my great grandmother and made me want to be the mother to my children that I never had.

I'm thankful that I lost some of the closest people in my life at an early age. It showed me how short life is on this earth, and to never take time with someone you love for granted. To love them today, because they may not be here to love tomorrow.

I'm thankful that I had adults in my life who never showed me how important I was to them as a child and only later told me so. It taught me that you have to not only love your children with all your heart, but *show* them every chance you get.

I'm thankful for the recent injustices that my family has suffered. It's taught me that we're stronger than I'd have ever thought and that we can make it through anything. And it's showed us who our real friends are.

I'm thankful for the fillings I have in my teeth because we couldn't afford toothpaste at the end of the month when I was a little girl. It's made me, to this day, appreciate that I can afford that tube of toothpaste every time I put it into the cart.

And I'm thankful for the blog I read that showed me to be thankful for these things.

And so much more.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all.


Anonymous said...

Hey, I finally got over here to see your blog. Nice post! Something to think about. I keep teaching my kids to be thankful to God, but I often forget myself to be thankful for everything...the good and the bad.

agodlyhomemaker said...

i think the bit about the toothpaste is fantastic! it teaches all of us something about gratitude!