Why I'm Thankful

I love fall. Usually by the time this season comes around, I'm craving hearty soups and pumpkin flavoured baked goods. I love the crispness in the air, the fall clothes - welcome back scarves! - and the distinct smell of leaves decomposing. I know that winter is around the corner, but I don't mind the thought of snow right now.  Family pictures look beautiful surrounded with the bright reds, yellows, and browns.

This year, I just feel crummy. I'm not sure if it has to do with all the garbage on the news right now - the Jian Ghomeshi scandal, the shooting of Cpl Cirillo, yet an other school shooting, this time in Seattle, or all the rain and clouds we've been seeing in our area. I've gotten to the point where I hate listening to the news because it's always something negative or terrifying. I feel like when I'm surrounded by this kind of negative bombardment, it's easy to slip into a pessimistic attitude that spirals into a funk.

For instance, it would be easy for my to get irritated at my husband for leaving a peanut butter coated knife on the counter instead of putting it into the sink for me. It's easy to get frustrated at my son for refusing to eat supper nearly every night but happily snack away on boogers and snot all day. It's easy to feel defeated when my two year old wakes up at 5:45 AM yet again, and refuses to go back to sleep. It's easy to get depressed because I feel myself coming down with a cold and everything hurts. It's so easy.

But I've never been a pessimist. Ask anyone who knows me. I'm a Tigger, not an Eeyore. The glass is half full, not half empty. It's partly sunny, not partly cloudy. So I'm taking today to remind myself of all the good things in my life. The things that make me smile. The joy in the little things.

I'm thankful that the reason there is a peanut butter covered knife on the counter is that my husband made my kids toast for breakfast this morning so that I could stay in bed until 7:10 instead of having to get up at 6:30.

I'm thankful that on Sunday night at church, my little non-cuddling nephew actually snuggled me for almost ten minutes.

I'm thankful that the new pastor at church has a good sense of humour and doesn't mind having fun. I'm also thankful that since he has a bunch of kids, he doesn't bat an eye when children in the audience are noisy.

I'm thankful for friends on Facebook who share funny videos like this:

and this:

and cute videos like this:

I'm thankful for Hallowe'en costumes - and Hallowe'en candy.

I'm thankful for my neighbour who seems to understand me completely, who shares my oddball sense of humour and who doesn't take my ranting too seriously.

I'm thankful for my community group at church, full of people I probably never would have come to know otherwise, but whom I appreciate so much.

I'm thankful for Isaac, even though he's a nose picking window licker (right, Mitch?) because he does absolutely hilarious things that brighten up my day - like rock out to Veggie Tales, shake his booty to my aquafit music, and play "plane crash" (don't ask). 

I'm thankful for Legos. Except when I step on one.

I'm thankful for Jamie Oliver. And his recipes. And for toasted bagels with cream cheese, smoked salmon, capers and onions.

I'm thankful for naps. Mine and Isaac's.

I'm thankful for Timbits hockey. It's so much fun watching Mac play, and his enthusiasm for it is incredible. Also, it tires him out. That's win-win!

I'm thankful for hunting. For Isaac's enthusiasm about being a glorified retriever. For Mac's aim getting better and better that he pretty much hits the partridge each time he shoots. For organic, free-range, locally raised fowl. ;)

I'm thankful for my parents who babysat my children overnight so that Harry and I could have a night off.

I'm thankful for my in-laws who are always there to help, even at a moments notice.

I'm thankful for a new hairdresser - who convinced me to get the haircut I needed, not the one I thought I wanted. 

When I stop and think about it for a minute, there are so many things for which to be thankful. If you're feeling a little blue this gloomy season, why not make a list of your own?


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