What can I say? I’m single and it’s Valentine’s Day. I bought myself breakfast this morning and last night I gorged on candy that I bought for myself while I drank a glass of wine by myself. Before you start feeling sorry for me, though, let me just say that I’m not feeling sorry for myself today. I refuse to. I have too much to be thankful for! Yes, I realize that if you go through my posts you will find me lamenting my losses and wallowing in self pity sometimes, and we all do that occasionally, but not today! Today is about love, and I have had too much love in my life to feel sorry for myself today. So, I decided that this morning I would make a list of things I’m thankful for, things and people that make me want to celebrate on this holiday. They are in no particular order, just the order I wrote them in…
I am grateful for:
Kids in general
Food (chocolate in particular)
Water (and wine)
Nice people at the drive thru
Nice people in general
Mean people because they make the nice people seem even nicer
Girl Scout Thin Mints (I have a love/hate relationship with these)
People who I love enough to miss
Being born here in this country and to my family
The senses of smell, touch, taste, sight, oh, what’s the other…seriously! I can’t remember!
Music…gotta love music…oh yeah! Hearing!
Dancing….we should all dance more!
Good cooking and not so good cooking that anyone but me is doing and sometimes cooking that I’m doing if I’m in one of those creative cooking moods as long as someone else is cleaning because I mess up the entire kitchen!
Death, because it makes me appreciate life more and if it didn’t happen this world would be really really crowded
The belief that there is something more, something positive, something beautiful just around the corner
Joy…oh, I already said that, but I can say it twice!
The belief that there is something bigger than me that is in charge of the insanity in the world and that it will all make sense in time
Christians and Muslims and Jews and Atheists and Agnostics and Quantum Physicists and people who have no idea what they believe or what culture they belong to
Blacks and Whites and American Indians and Asians and Hispanics and Pacific Islanders and people who are a mix of races and ethnicities and people who don’t know what race or ethnicity they are
Straight people and gay people and bi people and transgender people and people who don’t identify with any sexual preference
Married people and single people and people in transition
Conservatives and liberals and those in the middle and those who don’t care and those who care but have no idea where they fall anymore
Men, women, children, and men and women who act like children and those who are more mature who try to keep the rest of us in line.
Old people and young people and middle aged people and people who don’t act their age
I guess I could have just said PEOPLE, but it seems everybody tries to identify with something these days, so I thought I’d try to catch us all without going into all the different countries or states or towns or teams we identify with…we don’t have space here for that…I’m positive I missed some, so just consider yourselves people, okay people?!
Okay, what else?
OH, how could I forget,… Chick-fil-a…I know a lot of my friends don’t agree with the politics and I don’t always agree either, but they make a MEAN chicken sandwich!
Ben and Jerry’s (had to balance it out!) cause I LOVE their ice cream!
Jesus (Yes, I mentioned Chick-fil-a, Ben and Jerry’s and Jesus in the same blog post!)
People who tell me the truth when I ask for it
People who make me think
Days when I feel good
Times when I don’t feel good because it makes me appreciate how good it feels to feel good (yeah, this is a stretch…)
Insurance (even though thinking about it and dealing with it makes my brain hurt)
My fingers and toes and all my other body parts
Air conditioning and heat
Makeup, because I’m getting older and like to pretend I’m younger than I am
Tissues, because I’ve used a bunch of them in the last few years!
Ice pellets in large glasses of water with lemon
Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs…where is winter this year, btw?
Animals! How could I forget animals!?
My animals, my dog and my cat (and my teenage son)
Did I say wine?…it’s worth mentioning again!
TURTLES! My favorite animal! (besides my teenage son)
Water in any form
Warm sand between my toes
Grass (and I’m not talking about marijuana, though I sure was thankful for that when Ellis was sick, so I guess I’m thankful for that too!)
The color green, because it’s my favorite!
The awesomeness of the universe
Oh, I could go on and on and on and if you’ve made it this far in this, the most rambling blog I’ve ever posted, I’d like to hear from you about things you’re thankful for too. Today is Valentine’s Day, people! Its the day that we celebrate the love in this world, and there is so much of it! It’s a day to be grateful, too, for the love that we have and even for the love that we’ve lost because we can be grateful that we had it to lose. If you’ve ever loved someone, a mother, a father, a child, a friend, a lover, a husband, a wife, then you have every reason to celebrate today! Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! By the way, I’m thankful for YOU!!!