It’s been a long time since I put up a Thankfulness Thursday post (or Thursday Thankfulness…I never can remember which order), but it’s time and a half to celebrate. Are you ready? Let’s go!
Earlier this year, I had a family crisis. It was grim around here for a while, and I’m sure you noticed that I wasn’t my usual self. Every time I’d fight to return to “normal,” a setback would come out of nowhere. I was scared, stressed, and too overwhelmed to follow through with anything besides the essentials. If you’ve emailed or messaged me in the past few months and didn’t get a response, please understand and forgive me.
I worked as hard as I could to manage the crisis, but the after-effects dragged on and on…and on. Some days it seemed as if all of my effort only made things worse. I prayed as I’ve never prayed before, and I learned just how creative and resourceful I can be when necessary. Just when I thought I could not make it one more day, I got a small break. Then another, and another. Not enough to get me out of the woods, but enough to allow me to sleep that night and wake up the next morning ready to resume the struggle.
I’d targeted the “end of May” for when things would turn. With a little luck, the “end” of May became a week earlier than expected, and I just received news today that the tide has turned. There’s a lot of work still, but now I can see my next steps. I’ve lined up appointments in the next few days to start returning life to normal, and I’m relieved. In an ordinary way, I’d feel frustrated at the expenditures (time and money), but for now I’m grateful that I can worry about normal things instead of the Big Worry.
I’m thankful for many things today. I have a roof over my head, clothes to wear, a car to drive, food to eat, friends and family to cherish, and a job I love. I’m grateful that my worries are small compared to others.
I’m thankful, even though it’s months ago, that Larry Swilling loved his wife so much that he wore a sandwich board and walked the streets for almost a year to find a kidney donation for his wife. I couldn’t find any more updates about Jimmy Sue, his wife, but I hope she is doing well.
I’m grateful that regulations have changed so that no more child pilots have died attempting to break records, the way seven-year-old Jessica Dubroff died in 1996.
I’m thankful the Beagle Freedom Project works to find homes for dogs used in medical testing. I wish they could eliminate dogs used from testing, period, but it’s a start. Watch this video to see the project at work. A new Beagle Freedom Law in Minnesota will match research lab dogs with organizations that will find homes for them.
I’m thankful for the wonderful authors I’ve met as part of the Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia (HAHAT). It’s not too late to participate! You can sign up for prizes through May 24. My post on F/F domestic violence is here.
On a related note, I’m grateful that the one negative comment I received on my HAHAT post has been overshadowed by the many more thoughtful and supportive comments. If readers walked away from my post better able to respond to F/F domestic violence in the future, I’m honored to have been part of that education.
I’m thankful for all-night diners that allow me to order a meal and write for hours undisturbed.
I’m thankful for friends who understand when life gets too tough to keep up with correspondence, and who wait patiently until I am able to respond. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
I am more thankful than I can ever express. Won’t you share your thankfulness today so we can celebrate together?