I AM THANKFUL...
1) For my pen name, Josie Two Shoes - It fits me, feeling more right than my given name, and it's allowed me a bit of privacy to share more without being dogged by family or coworkers. Yes, they could find me if they wanted to work at it a bit, but thankfully I have managed to fly under the radar thus far. My given middle name is Jo, so Josie isn't really that far of a stretch.
2) For journaling. In previous years I did more journaling on my blog, sometimes to the extreme, and now I do a little more creative writing, but having this space to share my ups and downs has been the best form of free therapy that exists. The support and encouragement I've found among fellow bloggers has made all the difference in my life. You guys are the best! :-)
3) For jingle bells, love 'em, love 'em! They are part of the magical childhood memories of Christmases long ago, before the days of digital carols being belted out in stores in October.
4) For blue jeans - if you grew up in the 60's and 70's this was the dress code of the day, and it has remained so for future generations, but the style and decoration have changed greatly, going from "hip huggers" and "elephant bells" with hand stitched embroidery and patches, to today's skinny jeans that barely cover the wearer's private parts and have minimal space for the bedazzled designs on their backsides. A pair of jeans doesn't get really comfortable until they are "broken in", and then they become favorites that you wear until they literally fall apart.
5) For July 4th, officially known as Independence Day, but most commonly referred to as "The 4th of July". This is definitely one of the most fun holidays of the year, coinciding with the warm days of summer that are just right for swimming, camping, picnics, parades, rodeos and barbecues, and let's not forget the fireworks... that's the very best part of The 4th of July, no matter what age you are!
6) For Jello... don't laugh! If you were brought up in the Jello generation, your mom knew at least a dozen recipes for a variety of Jello salads and Jello desserts, all of which were part of the expected fare at church potlucks and family gatherings. Although I haven't made one in years, I still have a few tried and tested recipes that are actually quite good, and to this day I still enjoy slurping my way thru a dish of plain black cherry Jello, even better if it's cut in cubes, kid style.
7) For jigsaw puzzles - a fun and relaxing diversion for fried brains at the end of a day. I remember once in my teen years assembling a 500 piece jigsaw puzzle that was nothing but a red circle, entitled something clever like "Little Red Riding Hood". It was challenging to say the least, but I did it, now I ask myself why. I much prefer jigsaw puzzles that depict fun cat-related artwork that makes me smile. Those handy roll-up mats are great too, makes it easy to pick up and put away at the end of a puzzle session.
8) For my junk room. Why am I thankful for a junk room? Well, because it's a great place to hide the clutter that I am supposed to be addressing/sorting/organizing/disposing of. We clean and organize it, then manage to let it fill with clutter again, and since Papa Bear and I both know better, I am going to blame the furkids - I so wish they wouldn't do that!! ;-)
9) For joy. It is said that we cannot know the true measure of joy without first having experienced the deepest measure of sorrow. I agree with that because I have lived it. I have been in that dark place where one has given up on life and longs for the release that would come with dying. I look at my life then - and it was not very many years ago, and I look at my life now - so very different and more wonderful than anything I cold have possibly imagined or thought possible, and my heart sings for joy... I know that God loves me and life is good!
10) For justice. Mercy and justice are the two wings that must work in balance and harmony for a bird to fly. I love justice, as much as I cherish mercy. Although there is no perfect system of justice in our world, it is still the ideal, the goal we reach for. Justice cannot be for only some, it must be for all.
This post is linked to the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge