I don't like to be hot. When I was a young child, I used to cry on the way to the car, anticipating the sweltering atmosphere and the burning vinyl seats. My parents would give me pep talks on the way to no avail. And as they say, what goes around...
I'm the peppy one now. I uselessly yammer on about open windows and air conditioning, but I'm afraid my car must have a slow freon leak. I'm the only one with any pep, and I'm regretting this haircut that's too short for a ponytail.
But on we go...
There have been bitter pills and spoonfuls of sugar to swallow this week. Not entirely sure the latter is making the former go down, but I'll still voice my gratitude along with my gratitudinous compatriots.
This week I am thankful for plant nurseries and farmer's markets and yard sales. I am thankful for cool, loose dresses and sandals and even that very slight burn I just noticed on my shoulder (don't scold, Jen) because summer!
I am thankful for a daughter who knows that she is brave and that being scared is the first step towards being brave. I am thankful for rare but powerful bursts of confidence and her surprisingly mature cooperation when faced with a new, limited diet. I am thankful that I know that potential labels will not change the charming girl with the dancing eyes.
I am thankful for a son who let me give him a cuddle after he rug-burned his already scraped elbow and who spoke with charming misunderstanding when he cried, "Not healing fast enough!" I am thankful for his strong will that I can't bring myself to curb into perfect social acceptability because you gotta hold on to a little, irrational kernel of yourself under society's demands.
I am thankful for a husband who does not make big decisions rashly or without thorough research. At least that's one of us. He's a good man, and thorough.
And I am thankful for treats in the mail. I got two pieces of tangible friendship in the mail this week, and they could have made up my whole ten, but I have this remarkable family, too, you see.
Are you thankful? Come join in!
Oh, and come back again next week for the fun and frivolity of the TToT's 100th anniversary! Cake! Prizes! Water balloons! (maybe)
A Fly on our (Chicken Coop) Wall, Amycake and the Dude, Considerings, Finding Ninee, Getting Literal, I Want Backsies, The Meaning of Me, Thankful Me, Uncharted, The Wakefield Doctrine
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