Over the weekend Buzzfeed posted an article called “10 Privileges I Have Complained About,” and…well, actually, I’m not entirely sure whether they truly posted it over the weekend. I suppose it could have been posted a long time ago, and just recently resurfaced via sharing and social media, as Buzzfeed links are wont to do. I could go check the date on the article, but that seems like a lot of work right now. Maybe later.
Where was I? Oh yes. The article sure seemed conveniently timely given that Thanksgiving is swiftly approaching (so maybe it really *was* posted over the weekend?) and it got me thinking. How often am I guilty of complaining about things that are truly a privilege? I’d rather not say. So in the spirit of the Thanksgiving season, I put together a list of things that I consider to be some of my biggest blessings in this world.
Andy – If you come here often, you’ve probably gathered that I am rather fond of my husband. No, let me rephrase that: I adore him. He is my very best friend, and I love that we have just as much fun getting all fancy for a night out as we do staying home and playing darts in our pajamas. We’ve both got big dreams, and though he’s much too modest to admit it, I think he hung the moon and could damn well do so on the daily if he felt so led. Love you for always, Hess.
My family and our health – Sometimes things in life shake you up and you realize just how special family is. I’ve always been close with mine, and when my mom kicked cancer’s ass a few years ago, I drew even closer to these wonderful people. My parents, grandparents, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, and now in-laws – you name ‘em, mine are the best. I am so very grateful for this special tribe I get to call my own.
Specifically, the women in my family – My mom, my nana and my Aunt Linda are my most admired role models and if you met them for even five minutes, you’d understand why. Saturday I got to go shopping with Nana, and per usual, we had a blast. In a couple of weeks, I get to spend the weekend camping in an RV park and scouring the grounds of Texas’ largest flea market with Mom and Aunt Linda and I. CANNOT. WAIT. These women are everything, they made me into the awesome lady I consider myself to be. [wow, humility much?] What can I say? Strong women run in my family.
My dumpster cats – These are my precious, precious babies and I love them arguably way too much. No one asked you, Andy.
Writing – For all the complaining I do about how hard writing a book is, I know that writing is a talent with which I have been entrusted to use. Yes, writing is a lot of hard work and sometimes I get mentally exhausted, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I need to remember to shut up with the complaining and get back to the writing. You’d be happy to help me remember to please shut up when and if I get all whineypants, right?
Yahoo for saving Community – No further explanation needed. Who out there ISN’T thankful for this?
The little moments – Andy singing in the shower, waking up with a warm kitty snuggled around my head, watching Sunday night TV with a cozy fire roaring in the background, kissing in the snowflakes last night during a freak Texas snowstorm – these are the small flashes of joy and wonder that make up my happy life. And I wouldn’t trade them for the world.
Wow. That was a lot of sappiness for a Monday. I’d apologize, but I’m not sorry for it at all. Now it’s your turn – what are you thankful for, not just because it’s Thanksgiving, but because you just are?
—The Wife in Training