Because there are documented benefits to a regular practice of gratitude and thanksgiving, I pause once a week and give thanks for all of the wonderful things in my life. There are really too many to list, but I try to take Tuesdays and make them my highlight reel.
This week the following are making the list:
- Sweet Husband. My darling husband drove to LaPlace, LA for me to pick up a daybed. And then he drove to Starkville, cramped up in my vehicle, so I could drive to Gulf Shores in his truck to pick up yet another daybed. Because as he says, “You can have whatever you want baby.” And then Sunday night, when I was feeling bad about having to go back to work, he called me (because he was at work) and asked me to meet him at the beach. For those of you who don’t know, we live about half a mile from the beach. When I got there, he set up our chairs, pulled two Coors Lights out of the cooler and told me that he thought we could enjoy our last moments of vacation on the beach. So we did. We drank our beers, walked down the beach and saw the sunset. While I didn’t want my break to end, I really did enjoy its last moments.
- Time with family. We got to spend Thursday with Sweet Husband’s parents as well as his aunt, uncle, and cousin. Even though we’re only a couple of hours apart, we don’t see each other as often as we should. I love getting to talk with Uncle Barry and Aunt Marie. Hopefully we will get to see them at Christmas. (I don’t tend to take pictures at family events…I find that I get preoccupied with taking pictures rather than enjoying family and friends)
- Teaching. There is lots wrong with education. My job stresses me out, although not as much this year as in previous years, and I don’t get paid as much as I would in other professions. People think they know how to do my job but they’ve never done my job. But. I get a week off for Thanksgiving. In three weeks, I’ll have two weeks off. And in the spring I’ll have Mardi Gras off (there is an added perk to being on the MS Gulf Coast), followed by spring break before we head into the end of the school year. There are certainly perks. (& I enjoy when I know that I’m making a difference for kids. We’re in the struggle right now. It will get better before the spring struggle starts)
- People who help. When I went to pick up the second daybed, it was still assembled. And it had to go in the back of SH’s truck. And be tied down. Now I could manage all of those things, but this is the South…and there was no way the gentleman at the house to happen. I’ve learned that you graciously accept those offers of gallantry. They are sincere, and it is less than kind to refuse them.
- Time with friends. Friday was our 3rd annual Chamberlain-Allen Pickin’ the Ponies extravaganza. Instead of indulging in the masses of shoppers on Black Friday, we make our way to the race track in New Orleans to have drinks and place bets that we know won’t win. It’s kinda awesome.
- My co-workers. It’s never easy going back to work after a long while away, but it’s easier when you have great folks to work with. Mine save my behind all the time.
- Sunsets. Winter is dreary, but winter means that the sunset is back out over the water. It’s a beautiful thing every night.
Those are the big things for me this week. What made your list this week? Share one wonderful thing from your past week in the comments!