Over here in the Real Household, things have been rather tumultuous. It’s been a whirlwind of emotions and changes that have left us holding on to angst and worry. Not fun right?
I decided to take on You Know It Happens at Your House Too’s challenge of finding ten things I’m grateful for in an effort to rein in some perspective. After all, the problems we’ve been facing are Class A First World Problems (Like, oh my God, my water bill is soooo high!).
I hope all of you reading will think of a few things you are grateful for. After all, you don’t want to seem like an ungrateful bastard. Here goes nothing:
1. First and foremost, in an effort not to seem like a jerk, I’m thankful for my husband and children. I am very lucky to have such a devoted husband. He’s pretty remarkable even when he’s acting like an a-hole. I know he thinks I don’t recognize all he does, but I do. If it weren’t for him, I may have lost it years ago. The kids bring so much joy to my life. There are times when I am overwhelmed and I don’t know why I chose to reproduce. Then, Real Boy or Real Girl does something that takes my breath away and I’m brought to tears. Truly grateful.
2. My mother. She’s truly a brilliant woman. At times, I feel like her. When I’m doing things with the kids, I often think, “This is how mom must’ve felt raising us.” It’s a cool feeling and I’m happy to have had such a great role model. She’s funny, smart, crazy, and beautiful. Besides, she can dance her ass off! Who wouldn’t be thankful for a mother like that?
3. My home. Not everyone has the opportunity to have a place to call home. I am thankful I get to go home everyday to a beautiful house surrounded by wonderful neighbors. It’s no luxurious McMansion, but it is mine and I couldn’t be happier.
4. Running water. Seriously, I am so happy each time I turn on the faucet and I have clean, running water. When I was 17, I went on a trip to Haiti. They bathe, drink and cook in the same water, from the same river, shared by thousands of people. How glorious is it we are able to have so much water that people are able to waste it daily.
5. Food. Again, I am able to walk to the nearest grocery store and purchase food. Good food. It amazes me when I think about how lucky I am to be able to provide food to my family by simply going to a store and swiping my debit card. We are never hungry, and for this, I am eternally grateful.
6. My job. Let’s face it. Money is important. Without it, I wouldn’t have that house, food or water. Honestly, I am lucky to have found this job. Furthermore, I’m lucky they hired me. I was a mess in the interview and it was in the deep recesses of the economy. I’m thankful to have a great job with awesome benefits and a grand retirement plan. Yeah!
7. My blog. Silly, I know, but it has truly been fun writing a few things here and there. Plus, it finally gave me a hobby. For years, I’ve struggled with finding something to do in my spare time that didn’t cost an arm and a leg and didn’t take away time from the rugrats (damn mommy guilt). This costs nothing (except your souls) and I don’t have to leave the house. Problem solved.
8. My friends. I am so blessed to have met so many awesome friends throughout the years. Seriously, I may not even be where I am today without them. Their support and guidance has helped me more than they may realize. Most importantly, they all make wonderful drinking partners. Cheers!
9. My health. I guess I’m healthy. At least that’s what my blood work says annually. I am extremely paranoid about getting cancer. I don’t know why, but I am. The thought always lingers in the back of my mind. That’s why I’m trying to kick a few bad habits and replace them with healthy ones. I want to maintain the good health I’m lucky to have considering I smoke like a chimney.
10. All you people reading this. I may not be some major blogger, but you all make this endeavor even more worth my time. I like to know at least five people out there have read my blog. I am pretty stoked when I log in and see my page views slowly climbing. I admit it. I’m a little bit of a narcissist, borderline megalomaniac. And my condition is exacerbated significantly all thanks to you guys!
There you have it. Ten things I’m grateful for. Suprisingly, this went easy since I’m a bit of a
pessimist realist. I’m sure I left something out, but I think I covered the ten things that make smile. I challenge all of you to do the same. I love to see you smile.