There’s a lot of crap on social media. A lot of ‘if you don’t do x then y will die/Bill Gates will donate a dollar/ share this or you don’t care about cancer etc.
it really pisses me off that people are so gullible or so in need of approval they repost and share this bollocks. Seriously, how is posting your shoe size and the colour of your knickers going to cure breast cancer? Some people’s children huh?!
Every now and then however, you see something that really catches your fancy. I saw a thankful tag doing the rounds on Facebook and Twitter and I pretty much ignored it because I don’t really post on either platform. I just read. It’s a nice game though and it’s made it here.
I was tagged by the wonderful Kristian at Tales From The Mind Of Kristian to take part in an A-Z of reasons to be thankful and I’m all for stopping and counting your blessings so here’s my list of things I appreciate! Some are heartfelt, some are tongue in cheek – but what else would you expect from me?!
A – Adultery. Without it I would still be married to my ex and wouldn’t be here in the US with ‘im indoors, happy as a clam apart from the SNFOW outside. It might not have felt like it at the time but my ex’s adultery was one of the best things that ever happened. I’m thankful for scheming, conniving, lying bastards and the fact I’m not married to one any more.
B – Blogging of course! I absolutely love the community here. I’ve learned so much in the last nine months, my life is better as a result so I sincerely thank you all. I’m very thankful I found WordPress.
C – Canada. They take the worst of the snow for those of us living in Northern states. I thank you Canada- you make ‘eh’? while the sun shines but a little less of the lake effect would be nice too – jus’ sayin.. I’d be very thankful for that!
D – Dinosaur slippers. They keep my feet warm and my animals scared. What’s not to love? I’m thankful for my joy in silliness
E – Enemies. They say love thy enemy and while I wouldn’t go that far, they’ve made me the person I am. Whether it’s an enemy of my health or heart, I can rise above it and live well. You can’t be brave without being afraid first. I’m thankful for my enemies and knowing I can always defeat them.
F – Fungle the Bog Monster. He’s been my partner in crime for ten years now and never fails to catch people short when they’re already caught short! He’s given me a lot of laughs
G – Green. Green is such an uplifting colour. It’s spring and summer. It’s food, it’s life. It’s the happiest of times. I’m thankful for grass and trees.
H – Home. I love to travel but there’s no where like home. Home is where you’re loved. Home is safety, security,belonging. You can be at home at work, on a train, in a store. Home is where you love and are loved in return. I’m thankful for my family and friends who love me
in spite of just as I am
I – Ice. In my Coke Zero. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this but I am a dreadful ice cruncher. I don’t care what anyone else says, it’s an addiction and I have it. I’m thankful my ice is made with clean water that’s safe to drink.
J – Jamaican Patties. Seriously. I love these things. My friends mum used to make these for us growing up and a warm spicy patty with a pineapple soda can cure every heartache.
K – Kids. I’m very lucky to be a mum, it’s a privilege not everyone gets. Being a mum is hard work at times, long hours for no pay and a lot of heartache but the good times? Oh they’re priceless and that’s the beauty of being a mum, you forget the hard bits and have a heart full of golden memories.
L – Loo Roll. This is one of the most under appreciated luxuries in the world!
M – Mini Cooper. I love my little car. It takes me to see the people I love and on fantastic adventures. It’s cuteness has got me out of a speeding ticket too.
N – North Carolina. My second favourite state. It’s where I want to move to. Texas has the biggest part of my heart but ‘im indoors doesn’t want to move there. I do really love NC though.
O – Onions. What’s your favourite vegetable? I bet no one things of onions first and yet, they improve so many things. Nothing smells better when your hungry than frying onions.
P – Plastic Cockroaches. Oh I’ve had such fun with these this year and Christmas is coming! The kids will all be here and I will have an abundance of victims!
Q – Queen Elizabeth the Second. I think she’s wonderful. She’s been Queen for longer than I’ve been alive. She’s the ONLY head of state living to have served in WW2. She’s such an amazing woman. She exemplifies all that is good in England. Long may She reign.
R – Rainbows. Rainbows are there because the sun shines through the rain. They’re a reminder that there’s beauty in everything. You might get wet, but you can sparkle while you do. Rainbows are optimism. They’re a reminder not to give up, there’s greatness ahead.
S – Snow Ploughs. And their operators of course. I’m grateful to those who get up at silly o’clock to keep the roads clear and safe. Thank you.
T – Taxes. Yeah don’t get me wrong, I don’t like paying them and I truly don’t appreciate the egregious waste of taxpayers money but I do appreciate the law enforcement and military that keep me safe. The street lights and the snow ploughs, the parks, libraries and education. I’m thankful we have these services and more.
U – USA. I was born English. I’ve chosen to be an American Citizen. I’m very proud of my roots and heritage but it’s like a marriage. I’ve left the family home to make my own. I love America. I love the scenery, I love the values and most of all I love the people. People are what make America great. I love the generosity of spirit, the joy in seeing others succeed, the pride and the community. I’m very thankful to live in America and I try hard to show that by giving back.
V – Volunteers. Our local Fire Department is partly made up of volunteers. I’m blown away by this. People are willing to risk their lives and not even get paid. I don’t know if any of you realise this or not but volunteer Firefighters are just that. Volunteers. They don’t even get call out pay. If that doesn’t humble you I don’t know what will. God bless them all and keep them safe.
W – Warmth. I’m sitting here with a slight draught because there’s a vent open I can’t shut. I’m waiting for ‘im indoors to come in so he can close it for me. I’m chilly but the house is warm and I’m grateful that I’m not on the street. It’s brutally cold and I worry about those living outside. If you have an extra blanket or old clothes or boots, please help the homeless.
X – X Rays. How truly remarkable is it to be able to see an image of inside your body? I’ve had copious xrays, mammograms, ultrasounds, Colonoscopies, CTscans, MRI’s – the lot! I’m still amazed and a little in awe of them all. Seeing your innards on a tv screen is jaw dropping. Seeing your child moving, a little grainy blob on a screen.. you’re a stronger person than me if you don’t cry! I’m thankful to live in an age with such wonders.
Y – Youth. Age is just a number. Your attitude is everything. If you have a youthful attitude, enthusiasm, curiosity, passion, trust, joy – all attributes ascribed to youth then you’ll never grow ‘old’. Don’t lose your wonder. It’s an amazing world, fall under its spell. I’m thankful for all the amazing things I see and experience.
Z – Zest Be it zest for my lemon cake or just a zest for life, we all need that combination of sweet/sour to feel alive! The zing and zip are what keep a spring in our step. When you’re going through a bad time, the sour bit, it’s important to remember that’s just a precursor to the sweet. You need the sour to truly appreciate the splendor of the sweetness of life. I’m thankful for it all. No regrets, BRILLIANT memories.