A regular practice of gratitude has been lined to many benefits, including preventing psychological disorders, better physical health, and mental alertness. With that in mind, Tuesdays are for expressing those thankfulness for the things that are good and right in my life.
Today I am thankful for:
- This family I am a part of. We got the chance to head up to Hattiesburg this weekend to celebrate my father-in-law’s birthday. It’s always good to be around them, and they are such a wonderfully supportive people. We’ll get to be with them again this coming weekend. Short but worth it visits.
- Allergy medication. It is spring time in the south and everything is covered in a fine yellow film. The pollen kills me. Right now I can’t wear my contacts. I can handle the sinus congestion. The havoc is creates with my eyes is another thing all together, though. Allergy medication makes it better, though, and I am grateful for modern pharmaceuticals.
- My husband. And the fact that I get to call him my husband. It’s easy to take for granted the fact that my decision to get married was as easy as deciding to get married. We went and had our blood tests. We applied for our license. We received it in a day. (both of which are no longer provisions of MS law with regard to marriage licenses) There wasn’t anyone who prevented us from legally marrying each other. The law didn’t prevent us from pledging our lives to each other. Today the Supreme Court of the United States has heard arguments on the legality of California’s Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between a man and woman.
I am not sure at all what business it is of the government who I choose to love. And when it comes down to it, I think that love is love. The arguments about people wanting to then marry children and animals make me laugh. We’re talking about the love between two consenting adults. Relationships that are in many cases, long-standing, and extremely loving. People who have been together for years and years. And people who met yesterday and think they’re in love today and want to get married tomorrow.
Why does it matter? What makes my love greater than the love between the love of a same-sex couple? I can’t see it. And I hope that the Supreme Court makes a decision that honors love and equality.
- Rest. It’s been a long couple of weeks. I’m tired, and I need rest. My body is forcing my to take the rest I need.
For what can you give thanksgiving today?