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The things that I am thankful for have made a huge change in the last 3 years.
In college, cries of gratitude and thanks fell on the ears of all who were around when spare change was found in the couch cushions or under the bed. My cute apartment, my seemingly never-ending cashflow [that, surprise surprise, was far from never-ending], my super cute accessories and shoes, Endless Frat Parties, and plenty of Frat Boys to date were reason enough for me to be thankful.
After I ditched the party scene in exchange for an actual education and opportunity to do something with my life, those same cries of joy could be heard on the days when class was cancelled. Or the days that I only had to go to class rather than to class and work. My brand new, sexy little 2-door Sports Car [that I purchased for way more than I should have] with fabulous Gas Mileage was definitely something to be thankful for.
This year, as a wife and a mother, my cries of thanks go out to different things. This year, I am Thankful for the real things. The things that give me reason to crawl out of bed. Oh sure, I’m thankful for the usual things too. Good husband, steady income, health, happiness, beautiful son….But these. THESE are the real-life things I am thankful for….
-I am thankful that the Swivel Sweeper works…even if it only works half of the time these days. It saves me from having to sweep, and sweep, and sweep the kitchen floor after one of our bouts with crackers, cookies, or anything else that can be broken up into teeny tiny pieces.
-I am thankful for caffeine. Be it in a can or a plastic cup with a Starbucks logo on it. Caffeine gets me up and running in the morning. Without it…well, lets just leave that scary thought to our imaginations, shall we?
-I am thankful for the makers of Children’s Grape Tylenol, without which I don’t know what I would have done during the months of non-stop teething and aching Ear Infections.
-I am thankful for the geniuese’s behind “Playhouse Disney” and “Nick Jr.” These guys save my sanity in the wee-hours of the morning [before my caffeine kicks in, of course.]
-I am thankful for nights of piece and quiet. Nights when Noah falls asleep early, the husband is entranced by his own thing, and I can sit in total and complete silence if I choose and do absolutely nothing.
-I am thankful for the last cold Dr. Pepper my husband leaves me in the fridge when are running low and have to restock.
-I am thankful for Lysol Kitchen Cleaner. Spray and Wipe. And the job is done.
-I am thankful for Nicholas Sparks and Stephenie Meyer…2 world class authors whose novels and stories allow me to escape dirty diapers and sticky messes. Even if only for a few minutes at a time.
-I am unbelievably thankful for this blog…and all of the friends I have made through social networking. I’ve saved thousands of dollars on “mommy brain” therapy just by being an avid blogger.
I am beyond thankful for my husband and my precious little boy, but these things? These simple, minute, seemingly insignificant things keep me sane. Keep me from losing every ounce of normalacy I have left. Here’s to a Happy Thanksgiving and greater appreciation for the little things in life.