Thankful times Four!

It is November, and in the US, November brings us Thanksgiving!

Many folks share each day of November something for which they are thankful.

I’m getting a late start! Today is the 4th, this month is speeding along!

Without further ado, I will share with you those things for which I have been thankful for in days 1-4!

I’m not going to make any promises to posting every day, or even making it through to Thanksgiving, but I’m going to give it my best shot!

Thursday, Nov 1 –

I was thankful on this day, and every day since Hurricane Sandy made it’s way through our area to have power – heat, hot water, food at the ready in the fridge, and those other things that we take for granted and swear we can’t live without – Internet, TV and phone service.  We never last power. Two days post Sandy, many of my friends and family in this area were without these luxuries (what we think of as needs, but so many in the world, including our own country). So many in other nearby by areas, NJ and NY lost EVERYTHING, I feel guilty complaining about ANYTHING!

 

Friday, Nov 2 –

I am thankful for my daughter. We argue, we disagree, and there are moments that we might not like each other, but at the end of each day, we love each other, and we are a team! Sometimes I get annoyed at her requests to go “for a ride” or her need to run to the store for something not really necessary. If I stop and think about it, she really just wants to spend time alone with me, where nothing but my driving, distracts me. We have some awesome conversations in the car. Sometimes just about our days, sometimes about things more serious, but we TALK, and yes, sometimes those talks result in us coming back home annoyed at one another!

How many parents for whatever the reason will never be able to talk to their teenager again? How many wish their teen would willingly spend time with them and share about their day? I read Facebook statuses and Twitter posts every day by Tara’s friends and peers that suggest not all parents are so lucky. I am blessed and thankful, and yes, if you have not read about Tara before, I LOVE her pink hair!

Saturday, Nov 3 –

I am thankful to be employed. It might not be the most glamorous, high paying or important job, but it is my job. I take pride in what I do, I would take the same pride in a job that paid $1.00/hour as I would a job that paid $1,000/hour!  It felt good during the pre-Sandy preparations for customers to come in the store and find that we had those “D” batteries that they had looked all over town for, I feel good on any day when I am able to help a customer who has a specific need, and especially our elderly customers. We have a large percentage of elderly who shop at our store. One man who cares for his wife, and comes in each week asking to be reminded where one particular product is. He rarely remembers, but as soon as he walks in the door, I am at his side to help him out!  I am thankful for the management in our store.  They are flexible in realizing that sometimes, family must come first. The need to arrive an hour late, take lunch at an unusual time, or leave a bit early causes me little stress, as I know they “get it” and the rest of the time they get my 100%! I am also thankful for my co-workers. We gripe and bitch some days, but in the end, they would all have my back if I needed them!

Sunday, Nov 4 –

I am thankful for my Mother. The list of reasons is far too long to go into here. She is and had always been there for me. Like Tara and I, my Mother and I have differing opinions and ideas sometimes. She is the definition of UNCONDITIONAL LOVE!  I know she is being tested recently by a certain family member, but she will not turn her back. Even though some experts might say that’s what she should be doing. Today was an extra rough day for her.

I am thankful to have had 88 years with my mother, and hope to have many more. She is slowing down, she seems to be aging much faster in recent months. Her mind is still sharp, but she tires much easier. I am sad that it is not as easy for her to get around, to go out and do things together. I do try and find something special for us to do together. Of late, it has been hard. In addition to being thankful for my Mom, I am also thankful to have had the world’s best Dad. I was only given 26 years with him, but not a day goes by that I don’t think about him, and what it would be like if he were still with us!

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