This year it would be incredibly easy to focus on the negative. Things in my personal life, things beyond my control, have some seriously bad spots. But many positives too.
My children, without question, are the most important thing in my life. My belief that parents should do all they can to protect their children has been tested this year. I have had to come to grips with the fact that I cannot protect them from everything. I have had to be okay with that. I have had to get over the fact that I cannot make all things better no matter how hard I try. It’s been a hard lesson to learn, but an important one for me and for them. They are invaluable and I am thankful for them.
My sister is my more than my sister. I already knew this but this year has bonded us even further, which I didn’t think was possible. She is like a daughter/sister/best friend/most honest critic all in one. She gave me a serious pep talk recently. One that I really needed. How did she know exactly what to say? She is me and I am her in so many ways. She is invaluable and I am thankful for her.
My husband is my best friend. He has been there for me in a big way this year. He is working as hard as I am to make all things better and probably having as hard a time as I am with accepting that that is not always possible. We are the same in many ways. Sensitive and stubborn. He is my compliment in so many ways that I think we forget all the ways that we are different sometimes. We are still learning one another and I think that’s the way it should be. He is invaluable and I am thankful for him.
I am thankful for more superficial and tangible things, too. The ability to support my hobbies. The pleasure that your thoughtful and kind comments gives me. Books to read. Songs to sing along to. My warm home. My Wii. My sewing machine. Mrs. Doonan. My brave (for me) haircut….
I’m basking in the glow that good food lovingly prepared gives you. Sweet deserts and tired children. A warm bed waiting and a movie to fall asleep to. It’s been a good day. It’s invaluable and I am thankful for it.