This week is Thanksgiving, which means it’s time to think about our lives. I’ve been reading AC writers responding to the assignment on thankfulness, and they mentioned so many of the same things I have in my life that make me grateful, and my first thought was why should I even respond to this? I really have nothing to add.
But after a little searching of my soul, I realize that there is something beneficial about writing these things down, if only to remind ourselves occasionally. My high school senior English teacher loved to write comments on papers we composed, and on one of my more idealistic ones called “I Believe”, she wrote the following comment: “I hope life treats you kindly, Pattie.” Well, Mrs. Cerny, life hasn’t been particularly kind to me, but I’m not complaining because the good definitely outweighs the bad.
So with that thought in mind, I am thankful for the following:
First, I am thankful that God still answers prayer, contrary to what a lot of people think. And in one such case in my family, the answer was “yes” to a death-defying request this year. And as if the answer wasn’t enough, the fantastic way He answered our request made it even more spectacular. I am grateful for His care of all my family members that most of them didn’t need such a dramatic answer in their lives. For a control freak like me, knowing there’s a higher power watching over my loved ones is very reassuring.
Second, I am so thankful that God has a wonderful sense of humor and to prove it, He gave me someone to share my life with who is totally opposite from me, and who has loved me all these years in spite of me. I can’t imagine how dull my stroll through life would have been with another me. Where I’m impulsive, he is thoughtful; where I’m optimistic, he is pessimistic; where I’m impractical, he is logical; and where I’m idealistic, he is realistic. Instead of God giving me a safe merry-go-round in life, He gave me a roller coaster.
Third, I am thankful my childhood was not like a storybook because I would not be the person I am today. My childhood was where I learned to be strong in the face of fear and that heartache wouldn’t kill me. I’m a strange mixture of idealism and realism that even confounds me sometimes. I expect little of other people but I believe in them. I learned early on that “things” are just that and hold little value to me except for service.
Fourth, I am thankful for my sense of humor and any talent that God has given me to use it to help me get through the horrors life sometimes dishes out. I’ve always felt that it’s that sense of humor that has kept me sane while surrounded with insanity.
Fifth, I am thankful for all those who have loved me for years, especially during times when I’ve not been easy to love. There were years when I didn’t particularly like myself, and I can’t understand how or why they tolerated me, but they did. I also appreciate that they have taught me how to be a better friend to others through their friendship.
When I started this, I was wondering how I could possibly put down everything I’m thankful for, and now I realize such a thing is not possible. Although I appreciate the fact that Thanksgiving is a special day, I try to consider each day free of trouble a Thanksgiving day.
And finally, if you’ve stayed with me through this entire article and you know me at all, you know I have to throw in a little humor, so my last reason to be thankful is that I don’t have to enter a store to shop on BLACK FRIDAY. Whew! I’m exhausted.