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