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Giving thanks

By Robin Dearing

This month I have been reading Facebook friends give daily thanks for the important and/or happy things in their lives. I’ve been playing along in my head:

Day 7: I’m thankful for always having enough food for my family and myself.

Day 11: Today I’m thankful that I can pay my bills.

Day 16: I’m thankful for my family.

And while the sentiment can get lost in the consumerism of our holiday season, taking time to give thanks is such a good thing. Being thankful is something I try to be every day. I’m also trying to be more present.

I have so many things to savor and be thankful for throughout the year. Little things that have brought me peace and satisfaction. I get to be home with Margaret in the mornings as she gets read for school. I get to French braid her hair, make her oatmeal, drive her to school and watch her walk in with her friends.

Most days I get to pick her up after school. I get to take her to doctor’s appointments, singing lessons, to the mall. We can go shopping or get Red Mango in the afternoons. We talk about her day, her frustrations, her triumphs. I get to be present. I love that.

I get to spend my days doing meaningful work, work that I enjoy so much it doesn’t even seem like work. This is good because I work off and on all day long most days. I work more now than I ever have. I’ve even taken to returning students’ emails when I wake up in the middle of the night. And I love it. Of course, it helps that I get to do most of my work wearing sweatpants in my bed with my mattress pad warmer on (so cozy).

This semester afforded me the opportunity to get back into the classroom. For the last several years, I’ve been teaching online. I’d forgotten how much I love working with the students in person. I have to put on proper pants, but it’s so worth it.

I’m thankful for the opportunity to travel with my family. My mom, Bill, Mar and I travel well together. We like to go see interesting things and we’re happy just sitting around taking in the view, too.

I could go on and on about how lucky I am to be married to a man who makes me laugh everyday, about how I lucky to have my mom with us, about the rest of my family and friends.

My cup runneth over and for that I am thankful and humble.


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