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Grateful Tuesday - Corinne O'Flynn
February 1, 2011

What are you grateful for? 

So we’re all stuck in the house every day since Friday.  It started out because 3/4 of the kids were sick with the most stubborn cough and fever.  Some missed school on Friday.  I kept them home on Monday in spite of my niggling fear that we’d get a call from the school for “excessive absences”.  Our new elem school principal is running a tight ship and I am still dealing with all the guilt from my Catholic school days.   We’re all truly sick, I promise.

For those of you who have been keeping up with my happenings you know that I am managing some wicked gall bladder pain on top of this cough all week while I wait for surgery.  I’m hoping that happens early next week.  But in the meantime, Percocet is a beautiful thing. #feelingroovy

We got hit with this incredible arctic blast last night, complete with your skin will freeze warnings from the newscasters.  School was canceled today and tomorrow.  It feels like a conspiracy that the one time I really could use a break to just lay around and rest they cancel school because it is too cold outside.  I mean, its not like we’ve got piles of snow outside. But then again, this saves my kids from additional sick days.

Upon closer inspection, I can confirm that it is so cold outside that what little snow that has fallen is still completely dusty powder.  It is not sticking to itself, or forming a crust on the lawn.  It remains loose flakes blowing in the breeze.  That is COLD.  Weather.com said: -12 feels like -32.

Anyway, with the kids home I am not able to take a full dose of my meds, and so I am not feeling groovy no more.  I started to have a little pity party and called my husband to whine to him.  Instead, I asked him to pick up some additional groceries on the way home and started boiling water for spaghetti for the sauce I’ve been cooking all day.

I really wanted to complain… I mean, relative to our normal routine, we’ve pretty much jumped the rails this past month at our house. But while I was shuffling through the kitchen, squinting through my headache to get the big pot for boiling spaghetti, I could hear my kids giggling their heads off playing a new video game they got for Christmas.

That got me thinking about gratitude.  One of my dear friends posted a month of gratitude on her facebook this fall.  She wrote lovely daily posts shedding light on the little things in her life she was grateful for.  It was so wonderful to see her posts, and in turn take a breather and count blessings of my own.  My mom died at the end of 1998 and at some point during her illness and treatment she started keeping a gratitude journal.  I love the idea, and so I’m going to start doing that here from time to time. 

I thought it would be nice to spend a few minutes thinking about all the things I have to be grateful for today.  I am sure this list could go on forever, but I will keep it brief and focus on today.

Today I am grateful for:

  1. health insurance that makes an ER visit nothing to worry about.
  2. the job that my wonderful husband has that allows me to work from home at things I choose to do.
  3. healthy children.  Even when they are at their worst, they are alive and well and safe.  Today they have been angels (mostly) who have played together so I can rest. 
  4. friends who watch my children and bring dinner and lend an ear or reassure when they hear that we’ve hit a bump in the road.
  5. percocet – I would like to thank the person who invented this wonderful little pill.  As someone who hesitates when taking tylenol, this has been a real godsend.
  6. internet access and computers and a warm house to blog from… seriously – if you’re reading this, then you’ve probably got a lot to be grateful for too.

Thank you for reading… I am grateful for all of my followers as well.  There is something to be said about sharing and being validated by feedback.  So, thank you.

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  1. Let’s see, I’m grateful for…

    – other cool bloggers that I found on the list for the A to Z challenge!
    – supportive family
    – good critiques on my stories
    – reliable city buses
    – indoor plumbing
    – MP3 players.

    Thanks for giving me an opportunity to count a few of the blessings!

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