Because there are documented benefits to a regular practice of gratitude and thanksgiving, I pause on Tuesdays and give thanks for all of the wonderful things in my life. There are really too many to list, but I try to make Tuesdays my highlight reel.
This week, the following things are making the list:
- Sweet Husband. Moving is no joke. I’ve been grouchy and irritated and perhaps less than pleasant; he handled it. And what’s more – now that I have this terrible sun poisoning rash, he’s taking care of me. When your back is one giant hive, someone has to put the cortisone cream on it. He even washed my back for me. (for what it’s worth, I have really sensitive skin. I don’t use anything with scent – detergents, soaps, etc., – and each summer, for about 3 weeks, I’m in agony because my body adjusts to the sun. Usually I break out in little red bumps and itch uncontrollably. This year it’s hives. I think because I used SH’s shower soap one night because I was just so tired and dirty and didn’t want to go to my shower for mine, the rash is 10x worse this year. This year’s break-out courtesy of spending Sunday afternoon in the pool at SH’s parents’ to celebrate Father’s Day).
(sorry should have warned you. It’s awful)
- My father-in-law. We went up to Hattiesburg Sunday to celebrate Father’s Day. He’s a wonderful man. Friday after he got done working here on the Coast, he came over to help us finish up with moving some of the bigger things. He’s coming back down this weekend to help us get the yard contained and under control.
- Air conditioning. We are entering the unbearable season here in Mississippi. Heat indices this week are supposed to reach into the 100s. It’s too soon for it to be this hot, so I’m grateful for a house that is shaded and stays cool and an efficient HVAC system.
- Spending time with the Sner. I took her back to the airport on the 17th, and she headed back to NV. I won’t see her again until around Christmas. I was glad to have this time with her, and both SH & I are thankful for all her help in getting into the new house. Can’t thank her enough.
- The response of the city of Charleston. I believe there is a reckoning coming. We will soon have to get real about equity on so many levels in this country. There are more than enough conversations to be had around race and poverty and privilege and security, and I am so thankful that Charleston by her response to the unspeakable tragedy at Mother Emmanuel church are making a space for that conversation to be had in a way that might be receptive.
- A compassionate vet. Our babies went to a new vet yesterday, and I just loved him. He was so kind and so gentle! He was on the floor with the doggies, give them love, treating them with kindness. He was patient and soothing. I think we made a good choice to move to a different facility when we moved. It was an expensive day, but best part is that we were able to enroll the kids in their vaccine-for-life program, which cost us $79. The regular annual schedule of vaccines would have cost $65. Next year when we go in for our shots, all we have to pay for is the yearly wellness exam – shots are free.
- This new house. I know y’all are ready for some pictures, and I can’t wait to share those with you. But we’re not ready yet. We’re just now starting to unpack and think about where things are going to go.
That’s what made my list for this past week. What are you most grateful or thankful for from the last week?