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An Attitude of Gratitude 
I AM THANKFUL...

1) For the Grace of God, the one and only thing we can be absolutely certain of in life.

2) For the warm memories I have of my grandmother, my father's mother. She was my role model - a woman of faith and inner strength;  a woman who loved her friends and family, enjoyed cooking, and crafting, and gardening, who taught us how to sew, play cards, and to say a few cuss-words in German.  She survived the death of her husband and an infant son, she raised four boys and ran a farm on her own, she survived cancer at a time when many didn't; she lived well into her 90's and has a very special place in my heart.

3) For the bright red geranium which sits in it pot and brightens my bathroom window, blooming almost continually for five years now, never failing to make me smile. 

4) For my glasses, trifocals to be specific. I have worn glasses since my high school days. Without them I could not read, nor write at my computer, nor use my iPhone, nor play Mahjong on  my tablet. I think about a time when glasses were more primitive and before that non-existent, what it meant for the quality of life as people grew older. We take their precision prescriptions for granted, but without them, where would we be?

5) For the two-and-a-half years I spent living in  Germany in my twenties. It was a wonderful introduction to the culture of my heritage, an opportunity of a lifetime.  My son was born there!

6) For geodes, those amazing rocks that look so plain and ordinary on the outside, but when split open have a cavity lined with beautiful crystals in various colors, my favorite being amethyst. If you've never seen a geode, Google it, they are lovely.  I have a few small ones that I treasure.

7) Speaking of Google, where would we be without it?  The ultimate search/snoop/map/translate engine, that can even respond to voice commands on my smart phone. How clever and convenient!  For a word that hasn't been in our vocabulary for too many years, it is well known and much used now!

8) For ghosts, also known as shadow figures, anomalies, apparitions, spirits - take your pick.  Not only are ghost stories spooky and fascinating, but paranormal studies help prove with certainty that there is something more after death.  Ghosts can be friendly, mischievous, or sinister, just as people can be while alive.  Ghosts are not to be confused with demons, that's something altogether different and dangerous.

9) For the green grass and trees I grew up with in South Dakota.  How I miss that lovely summer world of emerald green!

10) For what the process of compiling and writing my twenty-six gratitude lists for the Blogging A-Z Challenge is doing to improve my attitude!

 This post is linked to the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge

14 comments:

  1. I'm sure I'll be saying this so much that you'll grow sick of my comments, but thank you for reminding me of so many things I'm thankful for. We share so many of these once again, but the one most on my mind this morning is the gratitude I feel for my grandma, who died nearly three years ago at the age of ninety-five. She taught me so much; I can still hear her sometimes—her words of advice and wisdom. I miss her, but I'll see her again someday.

    Have a wonderful Monday.

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    1. I can so relate to this Dana, I miss my grandma that much too, though she left for the spirit world a long time ago now. I have had several dreams where she visited, and they were wonderful!

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  2. I love your list for G especially Grandma, Google and Greenery are my favorites. Your grandmum sounds like an awesome woman!! Germany is on my places to visit list. Co-incidentally my blogpost for G is on GOD which is first on your list :) Good Work!!

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    1. We are definitely on the same wavelength this month SV, all kinds of good things to share. I'm headed over to see your G post now!

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  3. I loved the grandma part too, but it was my mother's mother that was so special to me.

    I love the graphic with the saying the very best. That's it in a nutshell.

    Have a terrific day filled with gratitude. ☺

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    1. Isn't that the truth, Sandee... when we go looking for things we often don't find them because they've been right here with us all the time, just overlooked! :-)

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  4. Oh I jut love how you are doing the A to Z blog! Awesome!I love your entire list. I so relate to glasses as I surely couldnt do a thing without mine. Though there was a day. But no longer. And what fun google is!
    Blessings

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    1. Hi Beth! I'm delighted that you like my list. I'm finding it fun rather than stressful, since I'm taking a break from my usual fare this month. My glasses get a power workout each day, hours and hours of staring at computer screens, then home to do more of the same! Glad they're up to the challenge, it wouldn't be much fun without them. :-)

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    1. I'm GLAD you enjoyed my G's, Shimon :-)

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  6. I never knew my Grandparents, a joy I wish I could have experienced and I am glad my parents managed to keep them alive with such lovely stories but still there is something special about the bond and I do wish I could have experienced it. Oh, and I love Google search, I can't imagine life without it anymore, remember the days of going to the LIBRARY to do research,yuck LOL Lucy from Lucy's Reality

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    1. I only had one living grandparent that I remember well, Lucy. My mother's father was in a nursing home and we saw him from time to time, but I never really got to know him.

      I do recall all the hours spent in libraries researching information for school studies, travel, and a hundred other things, and often being frustrated with limited results. Kids today have no idea how blessed they are with the wealth of information available. Papa Bear and I are always looking up something just to learn more about it or find out if it's true. Internet is amazing! The next generations won't begin to appreciate it as much as we do.

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    2. My children bought me geodes for gifts. I would keep them on my desk at work and they were admired by all.

      Grandma. I can not wait to be one!

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    3. Geodes fascinate me, Lena, because just like with people, what you see on the surface is nothing compared to all the beauty inside!

      I would love to be grandma with grandbaby near enough to enjoy often. John has a great-grandson due to be born here very soon, but he we live in Arkansas, and we hardly ever get that far.

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