Wednesday, November 24, 2010
A List of Appropriate Thanks
This week has been a doozy. I've had a couple of days of pity party, a couple of days of cold weather binge eating, a couple of obligatory birthday eating. The counting of blessings has gotten short shift. Then, on a whim I asked Link what he was thankful for. His amazingly astute answers (given that he is only three) made me remember that it wouldn't kill me to pick myself up by my boob straps & think about thanks.
Here is Link's list (in his order of priority):
I am thankful that I go poopy in the potty.
I am thankful for my food that I can eat.
Here is mine (in a more random order, omitting the obvious answers of family, friends & faith):
I am thankful for coming to a place where I can get rid of both mental & physical pounds.
I am thankful for yellow paint on the walls to brighten gray days.
I am thankful for making my journey not only in a time where it is beneficial to me & the (many) remaining years of my life, but that it is timely for my kids as they are just forming ideas about eating & health & wellness & their bodies.
I am thankful for Uggs.
I am thankful for "Biggest Loser" for helping to show me that there aren't athletes & regular people, there are just regular people who do athletic things through hard work & persistence.
I am thankful for online shopping.
I am thankful for Civil Rights & the people who fight for them even when it is unpopular--on either side of the aisle.
I am thankful for "Dinosaur Train."
I am thankful to have had a daughter. Having a girl has made me stop & remember how great it is to be a girl & how important it is to treasure femininity. In the age of equality, feminine can become a four letter word. I want to raise a girl that is both feminine & powerful in one amazing package.
I am thankful for "Springer"--nothing snaps you out of a pity party like seeing how bad it could really be.
I am thankful for my opportunity to be at home with my kids. I know that it's not the choice for everyone but I am 100% certain it was the right choice for me & my family & I wouldn't trade it for anything. I know that my kids will be babies for a mere minute & I am so thankful to be able to spend the whole minute with them.
I am thankful for Diet Coke.
I am thankful for words. Mixing & swirling ideas & phrases together to exorcise my demons & come up with this little blog is one of my most favorite things to do.
And finally, I am thankful for the internet...where else can you find "Glee," all of the friends you never knew you had, a recipe for Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pancakes & plane tickets to Phoenix in one place? Answer: the tabs I have open right now. Catch ya' later, kids!