I follow a lovely little craft and family blog whose author managed to write 52 Thanksgiving posts in just over one year of blogging. Impressive! As expected, her thanksgivings range from the mundane- oatmeal- to her dearest treasures- her husband and soon-to-be-born baby. I always look forward to her blog posts showing up in my inbox, but I find that I read her Thanksgiving posts without delay, just to see if her husband made it on her “To be Thankful For” list again each week. He always does. No matter what happened during her week, good or bad, she always finds an authentic reason to appreciate the man she married. I’ve noticed that sprinkled in among her gratitudes for her husband- he’s handsome, he takes her to craft shows, he bought her a beautiful camera- are things most brides would be complaining about- sometimes he talks too much, he’s a finicky eater, he gets lost or stranded occasionally. She is truly grateful for it all.
It’s been a nice reminder to me, to be thankful always for my husband and children- MY dearest treasures- not just on Thanksgiving Day, but regularly and frequently throughout the year. And, like this blogger, I have tried to be grateful for the unique gifts my family brings to me, even those things that do not always make it to the top of my “favorites” list. In that spirit, I’d like to share some of the things I am grateful for, things that I have permanently removed from my “Pet Peeves” list:
I am grateful my youngest daughter asked for a dog, and just as happy she does not walk or play with her as much as promised. That means that I have taken over some of the walking and playing duties and have been rewarded tenfold! Our dog has a very sweet disposition; she loves almost everyone she meets. She saves her greatest affection, however, for those of us who play fetch and go on walks with her daily. She greets me with overflowing joy, obeys me faithfully, and is the first to offer comfort when I am down. She senses my emotions so well, in fact, that my children call her the “Mom-emote-o-meter.” What a blessing this little friend has been this year, with two of my children away at school!
I am grateful my children chose expensive colleges! If they would have chosen more frugally, I would not have to work. But then I would have missed working at the best job in the whole world. It’s a job I would volunteer to do without pay under different circumstances, and since every cent I earn ends up in the bursars’ offices of various schools, that’s a good thing.
Finally, I am grateful my husband can’t cook. When it’s his night to fix dinner, well, it’s never his night to fix dinner. That leaves us with only one other option: eating out. I love eating out! No need for my husband to learn any new tricks in the kitchen. I am just as happy to put a little more into the local economy without any kitchen clean-up.
How about you? Are there any pet peeves that are actually just blessings in disguise for you?