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:
- Family. It wasn’t planned but I got to spend a little time this past weekend with a few members of the family that I don’t normally see. I’m so grateful and thankful for the support they have given to my GrandSner when the Sner and I are so far away. The burden of her care and ensuring that she is well-cared for has fallen on their shoulders and they have taken care of it. I also appreciate so much how their thoughtfulness and consideration. I hate that they have been put in the middle of some unpleasantness, but as Aunt Susan says, “It can’t be helped.” There are good people in this world. Never doubt that.
- GrandSner’s Nursing Home. You hear and read horror stories about nursing homes – neglect, abuse, etc. GrandSner has been in the nursing home for almost 6 years now, and she has been well-cared for there. Her nurses and the aides genuinely seem to care about her and do their best to make her comfortable and happy. Not everything is sunshine and roses, but she receives wonderful care.
- Time with the GrandSner. She’s been in and out of the hospital the last few weeks, and the reports weren’t good. I decided I needed to go home this weekend to see for myself. Saturday afternoon was a very good afternoon. We had a very pleasant time together. She was together and seemed to know who I was. We crocheted, and when I ran into an issue, she was able to help me out with it. It was a very good four hours or so. Sunday morning before I left to come home was not such a good time. She struggled to have breakfast; she didn’t know who I was or why I was there; and as soon as she had enough of her food, she laid down, turned her back to me and got ready to go to sleep. That is the way these things go. I will cherish the time Saturday afternoon, though, and it made the 26 hours in the car worth it.
- Time with friends. When I go to Missouri by myself, I usually stay with one of my oldest friends. Even though it is usually short notice and even though there is never much time for visiting, I know that if I need a place to crash, it’s available. And the brief visit that we have is always one of those instances where you pick up right where you left off. I’m grateful to have such wonderful people in my life.
It’s been an emotional weekend, and there’s lots of hard stuff to face in the coming week. I’m thankful, though, that I am equipped with a support system that is willing to step in and help me carry the load when things are difficult for me. I have so many blessings that it is ridiculous.
What has been good in your life the last week? What blessings are you counting?