I remember a comment made by a Kenyan friend the first time he saw snow: "Oh, I thought something big was going to happen." So, yep, that's what I've been waiting for all day long. Not snow, (nor rain either!) But something big. Or something really obvious. Impressive even. Maybe deeply spiritual. But no. I am left with "Be thankful for this moment, this moment is your life." And so I will list a few moments from recent days.
-I preface this first entry with a disclaimer that we are having serious re-entry moments at our house after an intense summer of preparing for the sale of my parents house and possessions which took place Saturday. Sunday wasn't too bad, but Monday was a day to forget. At supper that evening, when it was time for prayers and we were all to contribute some nugget of gratitude, all I could dredge up was: "Thank you that all days come to an end, especially this one." My normally stoic-during-prayer husband wasn't, and his belly chuckle helped me to smile as well. So that's my first gratitude entry tonight:
-I'm thankful that all days come to an end.
-(I must confess to being weary of wetness,) but....I'm thankful that my feet are dry. And my house. And my bed. (where I should be right now.)
-I'm thankful that Max takes time every day to invest in the life of Youngest Mystery, helping him burn off energy even, (especially!) on dreary wet days.
I'm thankful for the time I had to make jelly today. Many of my canning/preserving projects fell by the wayside this summer. I had steamed some fat, juicy blackberries a month ago and canned the juice. Today, jelly! I'm thankful too that I had lids and jars and sugar - for once I didn't need to make an emergency trip to the store with jelly stains on my shirt.
-I'm thankful for the sight of a zig-zaggin' dragonfly darting around the backyard in the rain today when I was...well, darting around the backyard in the rain in search of an onion. (Long story, but let's just say I wasn't feeling particularly grateful at the time.)
-I'm thankful for half a dozen steaming ears of fresh sweet corn on the supper table tonight, a(nother) gift from our Amish neighbors.
And that's that. My half dozen "thankfulnesses" for this ordinary Thursday. Okay, now you add to your list. Maybe you'll want to share your half dozen with the rest of us. If you do, I'll be thankful! -Hummin' B