A Thankful Thursday — Just for the Heck of It

“Okay, the backyard is a bit small; on the other hand, I’ve just celebrated my 500th birthday.”
Imitation being the sincerest form of new friendships, I am stealing a page from Gina this morning. I’m not expecting it to become a weekly thing (not publically, anyway) . But I’m feeling stressed today.

I’m ‘way too easily stressed, which helps account for the fact that I’m underemployed, don’t drive, et cetera. My stress is usually exhibited in tensed neck and shoulder muscles, mild depression, criticism of self and others, and general poutiness and kvetching. So today I thought it mightn’t hurt to make a guerilla attack on my stress with some self-reminders of what I’m thankful for.

Thankful to whom is less important. I use one name, you might use another. A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Insert name of Supplier-of-All-Good-Things here. Thankful for what — that’s the self-discipline I’m lacking.

Okay, goggles and noseplug in place? Jump!

  1. I’m thankful for my life partner, E.g. . She rescued me from loneliness, abject poverty, and a zero life. She is funny, intelligent, caring, and interested in all sorts of things. She sees things in me that no one else sees — and often enough, things that I don’t even see. She’s taken me on walks around the block and trips around the world, and wherever we go it’s great to hang out with her.
  2. I’m thankful that my son, turning 26 this summer, who’s had a tough enough row of his own to hoe, has finally finished his surveyor’s program and recently gotten a fulltime job at a decent wage with a sizeable company.
  3. I’m thankful that the memory of my years living in a money-free zone hasn’t completely disappeared, so that I still have a shred or two of sense as to how to start saving for that backyard.
  4. I’m thankful for my quiet, nature-loving, hardworking father and my in-yer-face, bookish, garden-loving mother. I’m thankful for having had the chance to see how, as he grew and she has grown in years, he grew and she has grown in wisdom.
  5. I’m thankful for our friends and frequent dining companions Robert and Jane. They are caring, generous, witty people, with whom we share many things in common, and there’s never a lull in the conversation. I can relax completely when I’m with them.
  6. I’m thankful — but you knew this was coming — for my blogfriends. I enjoy reading about your daily lives, I learn from you, I’m thrilled whenever one of you comments on my stuff, and just as thrilled when I notice you commenting on one another’s blogs and I wonder if it was due to my introductions.

 That’ll do, Turtle, that’ll do.

11 Responses to A Thankful Thursday — Just for the Heck of It

  1. Gina says:

    Oh LB, thank you for this sweet compliment. It is such a wonderful, thought-provoking and heartfelt list. It sounds like we are both very fortunate in the “significant other” department!

  2. goodbear says:

    great list of thankful fors!
    i’m happy for you for all those great things!
    i love you confession of your stress symptoms. i, too, am easily rattled by stressors and my symptoms are (like my dog) an upset stomach, (like you) self-critical, and i eat, eat eat!

  3. lavenderbay says:

    Thanks, Gina. Yes, we are both fortunate, aren’t we?

    Thanks, Goodbear. That’s really neat about you and Cody sharing the same symptoms. It’s amazing how kindred spirits manage to find one another, isn’t it?

  4. eyegillian says:

    Aw, gee…, LB, you’re so flattering. But I don’t think I rescued you — you rescued me (not to mention worms, bugs and other creepy crawlies)! So, thanks back atcha!

    And I promise to be thankful for your ability to spend NO MONEY. Really. Soon.

  5. jamesviscosi says:

    Great list, Lavenderbay. That WILL do, very nicely. 🙂

  6. lavenderbay says:

    Well, I’m glad if there was some reciprocation, Eyegillian. The creeping beasties, though, they were usually on sidewalks or swimming pool surfaces or window panes, not in closets.
    And the spending thing — yesterday at work I likened it to my co-worker’s giving up smoking, a bad habit that needed to be curbed. Do others have this problem? Maybe we could strike it rich by inventing a patch that slowly released the sensation of an empty wallet into the wearer’s body.

    Thanks, James! Guess I’ve pretty much rounded up the lot of them, eh?

  7. Checkers says:

    I am thankful for YOU. You leave such nice comments about me and my p.a. on my blog, you understand us Cardigans, and you are a good person. The world needs more folks like you. Thanks for being who you are. Woof!

  8. A very heartfelt post. I’m so glad that you are blessed with so much. I am glad that you are able to convey your message and I am able to read it on the daily.

    Keep doing your thing.

  9. lavenderbay says:

    Barklove to you, Checkers, the first-ever commenter on my blog! Cardigans rule!

    I’ll keep doing it, Urban Thought! Thanks for the encouragement!

  10. Alyson says:

    I’m ever-lovin’ thankful I found you too…and the buddies you have intorduced me to..you’ve widened my world!

  11. lavenderbay says:

    Hey there, Alyson! Glad to do it. I think that’s a good descriptor for blog life: the World-Widening Web.

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