I’m a believer in floating holidays. You can enjoy black jelly beans on any Sunday, not just Easter; give presents when inspired to, not only on Christmas and birthdays. Call and Mom and Dad on weekdays and not just on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. I like the holidays—I like that we have rituals to remind us to celebrate, or mourn, or atone, and I really like eating good food.
My dad, who turns 94 today, and is still maintaining his own household with my Mom (who’s soon to turn 90).
My health. I’m by no means as healthy as I’d like to be, but I’m healthy enough.
My imagination. When friends just can’t be found… they can be made up.
Flowers. Not sure why, but flowers have always been dear to me.
Cheese. I pretty much live off of it, some weeks.
Readers. Without them, a lot of my dreams would be demoted from hopes to wishes.
Dreams. My most worthwhile and enjoyable challenges all started out as dreams.
Pets—pups, kitties, horses… special comforts, all.
That I never again have to go to school unless I want to; that I never again need to ask anybody’s permission to go to the bathroom. (Issues alert.)
School. Without it, I’d be nowhere.
Music. When words fail… music speaks.
A roof over my head, complete with wood stove and running water.
That my daughter has a roof over her head, and health, and an education…
Antibiotics. Yes, I know they’re mis-used, but they save lives, too.
Writin’ buddies, because being a published author isn’t always easy.
Humor. When all else fails, a laugh will get you past the rough spots.
Seasons. They change just when I need them to, and give life a sense of moving forward.
Babies. No list of gratitudes would be complete without babies, grannies, and grandpas. Also aunts, uncles and cousins.
And so much more… the ability to use a computer, to type my stories electronically. The sense of sight, hearing, touch, and taste, which bring me so much pleasure. Telephones that connect us all over the world. Sunsets and sunrises. Brownies…
And I’m grateful for the people who comment here. I’ll give away three $25 Amazon gift cards this week, because the Christmas shopping has started in earnest, and who can’t use a good book? So, what holiday would you sprinkle onto the upcoming week and why?