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An Attitude of Gratitude 
I AM THANKFUL...

1)  For open-minded people who allow new insights and information to change their point of view, and who display tolerance and understanding toward those who are different from themselves.

2) For the few beautiful times I've been able spend at the ocean shore, and for our upcoming visit just a week away!

3) For oatmeal, Cutie oranges, Double Stuf Oreos, and the delicicious omelettes Papa Bear makes!

4) For having had the opportunity to see Orca Whales intentionally interacting with trainers in the water at Sea World in San Antonio before an unfortunate accident resulted in such performances being banned.

5) For having a nice office of my own, and no longer having to share a small space with three other women as I did at my previous job.

6) For the outpouring of  friendship and encouragement we experience in the blogsphere from people all around the world.  Relationships such as these promote my belief that we are all far more alike than we are different, that we are truly one family, and that we must work together as one world.

7) For seeing the amazing Cirque du Soleil production "O" with my daughter when she took me to Las Vegas as a Mother's Day gift one year.

8) For wistful memories of homemade oyster stew that were a Christmas Eve tradition in my family when I was growing up.

9) For the obstacles I have overcome in life to get me where I am today, including those that were admittedly the result of my own poor choices! I am happy to say that my life is ok now! :-)

10) For old-time photographs that are such fun, like this one made of Papa Bear and me when we were vacationing in New Mexico.  This handsome, smiling sheriff wouldn't really arrest a sweet little ol' lady like me, would he?
 This post is linked to the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge

20 comments:

  1. The photo is fantastic, and I eat at least one Cutie every single day. Yum.
    When I started blogging, I had no idea I was going to enjoy the interactions as much as, if not more than, the writing itself. There really is so much support and fun to be had.

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    1. I would gladly eat a Cutie a day, if I could get my shopping list in order and remember to get some! :-) We do start out blogging just hoping to share a bit of ourselves and our writing with the world, and before long we discover we've entered a realm of the most wonderful people, who become far more than fellow-writers, they become confidants and friends. This is so much more fun and fulfilling than journaling privately for oneself!

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  2. Bill grew up with oyster stew on Christmas Eve, and we do it every year.
    I cherish my old wedding portrait of my great grandparents. It is the original, in the original frame & glass from 1891, and is 28" by 25". I love it.

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    1. Wow, that's the first time I've ever heard of anyone else aware of this Christmas Eve tradition, McGuffy Ann, now I wonder if maybe it's a European tradition that's been handed down? That portrait sounds incredible... and so big! I would think that size was rare back then. Would sure love to see you post a picture of it for us!

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  3. Such a wonderful list for O. Love all the things that you have mentioned especially Oreos Yum! The rest oranges, oatmeal and omelettes made my mouth water. Truly The world would be really stagnant if we didn't have open minded people ready to accept change. Love the photograph!

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    1. Oreos are indeed yummy, Judygirl, and the ore "stuf" in the middle the better! :-) Papa Bear's omelettes are better than any I've ever eaten in a restaurant. We usually have them for supper one night each week. You are right about open-minded people, someone has to be brave enough to say "just maybe this is a good idea" or "maybe this would work". We have become so afraid of failing or being wrong that we shy away from even trying on new ideas and efforts.

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  4. I think it's wonderful to take the time to remember what we're thankful for. Especially #6. Wonderful post.

    Happy A to Z blogging.
    pensuasion.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi S.L. - I so agree with you on number 6! The blogsphere is like family to me, my friends hang out here and I now have friends all over the world! People here know more about me than my family members and those in my daily life, with the exception of Papa Bear of course. It's a very supportive place, and the time I took a year off from blogging I missed the people as much or more as I missed writing. I doubt I'll be doing that again in the foreseeable future!

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  5. I loved the last photograph the very best. You both look so happy and so in love. Excellent.

    Have a terrific day honey. Big hugs from windy, but sunny California. ☺

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    1. I love that photo for that same reason Sandee, the love shines thru. I didn't even really know what true love felt like until I met Papa Bear five years ago... and it grows and grows! :-)

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  6. What a great photo! You look so happy. ☺

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    1. Thanks Dana! We were on a wonderful few days of vacation in the "mountains" of New Mexico, and found this little photo studio in Cloudcroft. I just couldn't pass up the chance, and it turned out perfect!

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  7. I just adore that picture!!! How perfectly awesome of you two...

    I am sorely behind on any kind of reading/commenting - the A-Z is hard to keep up with when you're not in it! Ha ha.

    I can't believe that you are nearly 'here' on my end of the continent!!! How exciting!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Thank you Carrie, it's one of my favorites of us too! The love and humor just shines from Papa Bear's eyes, it melts my heart! I'm scrambling to keep up with A-Z reading too, and trying to get some draft posts ready for next week, I can see me blogging from the hotel at midnight! :-) We are counting down to Sunday and SO EXCITED that it's hard to think or talk about anything else! Most awesome gift ever... thank you Carrie and McGuffy Ann!! :-))

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  8. What a great post!! I relate to oatmeal, office, old-timey photos, the ocean...oh, all of it. :)

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    1. Thanks! Isn't it funny, once we start thinking about it, how many things we appreciate in our lives that we can relate to each letter of the alphabet? I've surprised myself thus far! :-)

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  9. I love your theme: An attitude of gratitude. I appreciate it.

    Take 25 to Hollister
    Don't be a Hippie

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    1. Hi Susie! Thank you for the kind words, I appreciate you stopping by!

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  10. The old photo looks like a lot of fun.

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    1. We love to dress up in costumes as kids, Shimon, and it's even more fun as adults! :-)

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