Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thankful for a liver that still works, no matter how much of a beating I've given it.

Ahhhh Thanksgiving.  I am thankful for so many things, but I will try and whittle it down to ten - and some of this is a mish-mash of previous Thanksgiving posts...  Ten Things Thursday.  :) 

Ten things I'm thankful for..

1.  My job.  Yes, I'm bored.  Yes, it makes me crazy.  But I have a job.  That pays well, and the benefits are even better.  It allows me to pay for the roof over our head, and the food on our table.  And I have the opportunity to transfer to other departments and other jobs.  For that I am thankful.

2.  My friends.  Near AND far.  I really love my friends - they are proof that there is good karma.  They have proven to be a source of support that is immeasurable. It really is true that friends are the family you choose for yourself.   And considering what some of my family is like?  I've been blessed.  :)

3.  My family.  My extended family.  While I am grateful for the ability to forgive (you can read about that here) my "immediate" family - I am grateful for my extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins and people that I just adore, and love spending time with. 

4.   My niece.  I searched for her for years, and as fate would have it - she was right around the corner the whole time.  I should do a blog post on all that - sigh... some day.  But she is a wonderful young woman, and I am so thankful to have her in my life - and to show her that she wasn't ever forgotten. 

5.   The ability to stand up for my son, and also the knowledge of when to step back and let him fight his own battles.  And the ability to be able to say "shame on you" to each and every person on his father's side of the family that knows about him and chooses to ignore his presence because of whatever bullshit stories his father or his girlfriend have made up.  I'm working on the forgiveness there.  But it helps that I know that it's their loss - and he doesn't miss anything he's never known (except his sister - but that's a post for another day).  But still.  Shame on you.   

6.  My neighbors.  I love my neighbors - and living in a neighborhood where I can leave my house open and not worry about it.  I can leave my son alone for a weekend, and know that he is never, ever truly "alone".  LOL  I don't have to lock my car at night.  It's truly a neighborhood where we enjoy spending time together, and look out for one another. 

7.  The boy. He is my reason for getting up each day, going to that job and paying the bills. He has the most wicked sense of humor, is some day going to do exactly what he wants to do - because we live in a country that allows him that. For which I'm thankful :)

8.  Karma.  Believe it or not.  I truly believe in it, and I am thankful for it.  Years ago, I made some choices that weren't the best ones.  But I owned up to them, I owned the choices - and by owning the choices?  I owned the consequences.  I apologized, I made amends - and have accepted the "bad" karma that has come my way.  I think that's part of growing up - you accept that for each and every action, there is a reaction - and they're not all good. But the good ones?  They are oh, so good.  Good karma is a beautiful thing when you get to witness it, and I've gotten to see what that is like.  (And sometimes, when you see bad karma come around - that's fun to watch too)...

9.  Modern conveniences.  Technology, Face Time, Facebook (believe it or not), all that *stuff* that keeps us in contact.  I was able to help plan my 30th class reunion this weekend from a few states away, and I am flying home tomorrow and back on Sunday - and I think that the time that I am sober is going to be far outweighed by the time I'm not.  LOL  So I'm thankful for a liver that still works, no matter how much of a beating I've given it. 

10.  Last, but certainly not least - YOU.  I'm grateful for you.  You read here.  You care.  You laugh (hopefully).  You enjoy what I write.  And while there are some suspect ISP's that continue to pop up, and some strange searches that happen while some people are here - that's OK.  It's all part of the learning process.  LOL It's opened up whole new worlds for me, and introduced me to many people that I otherwise wouldn't have met - and I'm thankful for each and every one of you!!



Laurie said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, Kathy! I'm thankful for you because everyday you post something on Facebook that either makes me laugh my ass off, or makes me think....then sometimes I get a headache, but I'll forgive you for that!

K Dubs said...

Are you sure it's not a Tumor? LOL

Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to you too!!