Today I stopped at the mall after I taught my classes….. and I was thirsty. So, I bought a drink. And then I bought a cookie. OK, I bought four cookies because it was buy three get one free, and the White Chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies were staring at me, and by the looks of the cookies and by the depth of my empty stomach I wasn’t sure only one cookie would be enough. So, I bought two for me and then the remaining two for my kids to share.
I walked out to my car with large soda and brown bag of cookies in hand, and once safely en route I began my guilty pleasure. I savored the cookie and guzzled the soda. I should have stopped at one cookie, but my taste buds spoke louder than the now displeased grumble in my tummy….and I commenced devouring the second cookie. My conclusion? One cookie was probably enough, two was definitely too many, so I guess one and a half was probably the right amount. Then I pondered the size of the cookie……had it been bigger to begin with would I have only purchased one? Or would I have chosen the option of the smaller, more bite sized options on the top shelf of the display case? Would the buy three get one free deal been more satisfying with smaller cookies, or with larger ones where I would have only eaten one and had three to share? These are all completely unimportant things that I debated for a good twenty minutes of my hour long drive back home. The cookie story really only leads me to one thing….. Thanksgiving. (Don’t try to make the connection, sometimes I can’t even follow my own thought progression)
As the cookies digested and as I moved at a snail’s pace in traffic I began thinking of all the things I am thankful for….
First I am thankful for Michael Buble’s Christmas album which was playing in my CD player…..it provided a great mood setter. I am thankful for cheesy but fantastic performers.
I am thankful for Candy Cane flavored Chap-Stik which was applied to my lips directly after the cookie was consumed. That led me to my appreciation of hair ties that double for bracelets…… great stocking stuffer by the way. No relationship between chap-stik and hair ties except that I put my hair in a ponytail and used my mouth to pull off the hair tie from my wrist, which I believe is a talent that all women have that men know nothing about.
I’m thankful for hand lotion and things that smell nice. Personal favorite lotion is Forever Red from Bath & Body Works. Seriously…best lotion.
While driving across the bridge/tunnel I was reminded how thankful I am for where I live and for being able to watch the sun set over the water with Navy ships in the background.
I’m thankful for scarves…… such a fun accessory, and boots. I mean, I am a girl! Skinny jeans, boots, cute scarf. Perfection.
I’m thankful for the coupons that are for actual money off…not a percentage. Like the $10.00 Off A Bra coupon from Victoria’s Secret, or better yet the coupon for a FREE pair of panties with no other required purchase. Now that’s a deal!
I’m thankful for my heating pad at night, fluffy pillows, and clean sheets.
Diet coke is on my list of things that make me happy, specifically the one I get from McDonald’s each morning after I drop the kids off at school And I’m also thankful for my car that gets me there….. specifically the heated seats on a cold morning.
I’m thankful for Almond Pretzels and Caramel Creams…..and as far as sweets go that’s about it. I’m not thankful for chocolate….I don’t see what all the fuss is about.
I’m thankful for TV shows that have catchy theme songs. Somewhat of a lost art…..
Speaking of TV shows, I’m thankful for laughter…specifically people that make me laugh….famous or otherwise. (Could Big Bang Theory stay on forever?”
I am thankful for green lights and short lines and people who have manners and wait their turn.
I am thankful for my iPhone which is my mini computer…and I’m thankful that I’m alive during a time where I can appreciate this crazy awesome technology.
I am thankful for the times I’ve been let down by people who were supposed to love me the most. I’m sadder for it, but stronger too. It gave me perspective and gives me a more realistic outlook on certain aspects of my life.
I’m thankful for my friends…..old and new……far and near…..and those who are no longer with us.
I’m thankful for my extended family, even the ones who don’t love me, like me, or talk to me. Again, perspective and a realistic outlook.
I’m thankful that I am able to acknowledge my reality and accept it for what it is. I am hopeful that one day I’ll be as accepting of it as I say I am.
I am thankful for blankets and fluffy socks. I’m thankful for laptops and quiet nights.
I am thankful that despite not knowing what I was doing that I somehow became the mother of four absolutely beautiful and amazing children and mostly I am thankful I get to know them as people…..
I am thankful that even though the negative words spoken to me throughout my life have become tattoos on my soul, that no one else can see them. I am thankful for my deceiving smile but wish I had had braces so that I could smile deceivingly a bit more confidently.
I am thankful for those who put so much time, love, care, and passion into things that are so fleeting….. like farming, and cake decorating.
I am thankful that I can ramble on and on and on, providing myself an outlet and an escape via this blog. I am thankful that some random stranger living on this same earth at the same time will actually read this to the end. I am thankful that the same stranger may have smiled albeit briefly at some point during this post.
I am thankful for love. I am thankful for love. I am thankful for love.
I am thankful for my life……and for my experiences. I am thankful for my path and for my choices and for my direction.
I am thankful for the look in a baby’s eyes and the way they nuzzle perfectly into your neck.
I am thankful for my students who keep me going. I am thankful for their hugs and sweet smiles.
I am thankful for my husband who is my far better half. I am thankful I know what it feels like to be loved by him.
I am thankful that my eyes get heavy and my breath slows while my fingers still on the keyboard…… because it’s a sign that my body takes care of me and lets me know when it’s enough.
So, finally I am thankful for all grains of sand on this earth, all the waves beating the shore, and all the stars in the sky. I’m thankful for good quotes, positive people, and those who choose to make their religion love, compassion, and kindness. I am thankful to have seen and lived another day and to find peace in my prayers tonight.
I am thankful………