Seeing how I have the first blogging Monday after Thanksgiving, I decided to list a few things that I’m thankful for. For some reason I’ve been thinking about this all weekend. Probably all of those Facebook posts from people who are listing things to be thankful for … but it got me thinkin’.
Growing up, it was difficult to appreciate just what you had. I’m one of nine siblings with a father who worked hard at a factory job and a stay at home mom. As a result, we didn’t have much. We were on church lists for contributions, made do with macaroni and cheese at least twice a week, was part of charities that made sure each child had a holiday gift. Not a bit of food was ever wasted but rather recycled into something that was usually unidentifiable … yet we ate it. Pets? Not a chance. That was another mouth to feed.
Yet, I was never really aware of the fact that we were considered “poor”. We were loved. We never went hungry. We had a roof over our heads. We had lots of friends.
All things I’m still thankful for … and a few more:
I have a family I love.
Friends I wouldn’t trade for anything.
A small, but nice roof over my head.
Not a lot of money, but enough for what we need.
A stable job I enjoy.
A potential writing career that I’m cultivating.
I’m grateful for the health I have and the years I’ve been given.
Sure, there are things that I’d like to have … material things, but those aren’t all that important when you think about it. The holidays are upon us and it really is a time for reflection. Doesn’t matter what your beliefs are … we all celebrate in a different, yet strangely similar manner. In the end, I think my little list pretty much says a lot about me. What I value. What I consider important.
So, what are you thankful for?