An Attitude of Gratitude
I AM THANKFUL...
1) For people who realize that the quality of time spent with family members and friends is important, far more important than the quantity of time spent. Memories don't have time clocks, but they do record the moments that something wonderful was shared. Just being in the same room or vehicle with someone, or sitting at the same table in a restaurant with your noses stuck in your cellphones and tablets, does not mean you are sharing quality time.
2) For the awesome quilts that have been given to me. Not only are they beautiful, but I know that they were designed and stitched with love, so wrapping up in one is like wrapping myself in a giant hug! Among them is a traditional Lakota star quilt that was given to me by the mother of one of the little boys at Red Cloud Indian School that I became pen-pal friends with. She brought it to the school when I came to visit, and we've been wonderful friends ever since!
3) For quotations - I have loved inspiring quotations since way back in my high school days, and these days they are accompanied by beautiful illustrations and are shared among friends on Facebook, as well as being found on Google Image Search for just about any topic you can think of. You will find them at the bottom of many of my A-Z posts, and they often appear in my regular blog posts too.
4) For Q-tips - clever little things that are just perfect for cleaning small spaces like keyboards with a bit of rubbing alcohol. One of my furkids loves Q-tips and toothpicks, and looks so funny carrying them around in her mouth like prize trophies. We have to be careful not to leave the box of them sitting out or she will happily empty the entire box and distribute them all over the house!
5) For the pair of quail that nest on our land each year. The momma can be seen later in the season with a row of little chicks following her around the yard; they are so darn cute! No, I do not let Papa Bear "harvest" our quail for the freezer; we have plenty of food without eating little birds.
6) For questions! Anyone who knows me at all is very much aware of my fondness for questions! It's not that I really mean to be intrusive, its just that I have that insatiable Aquarian curiosity about people and what makes them tick. I believe that everyone has a story, and I delight in finding out more about every person I come in contact with. I like to get to know the person beneath the surface and the superficial conversation and talk about real things, important things.. questions can lead to that! I once did a series of blog interviews with willing fellow bloggers and it was really fascinating and fun!
7) For quinoa. Quinoa is a small and very nutritious grain that my daughter introduced to me. It is cooked and eaten much as you would rice; it has a slightly nutty taste, and I think it's really good! If you're not familiar with it, look for it at your grocery store and try some of the recipes available online.
8) For Qwerty on our cellphones, because we all learned to type using Qwerty keyboards, and it is so much easier to text that way than it was on the first cellphones which were in ABC order and left us doing the hunt and peck thing! Do you know why keyboards with keys placed in this order are called Qwerty? :-)
9) For the beautiful quillwork bracelet that one of the young student at Red Cloud Indian School presented to me. His uncle made it. Lakota quillwork - made from dyed porcupine quills - is even more beautiful than Lakota beadwork, if possible; the intricate designs amaze me. Artistic talent runs strong in the Lakota people, the drawings and sketches I've seen students do are incredible! Check out The Red Cloud Heritage Center Gift Store, you will find some beautiful handmade items for sale!
10) For quiet. Oh Lord, I am so very thankful for quiet times in my life, when phones aren't ringing, traffic isn't rumbling, tv isn't blaring, music isn't blasting, and people aren't gossiping or complaining! In moments of absolute quiet I can listen to my own heartbeat and clear my mind. I spend my Saturday mornings in silence with only the purring of cats and the clicking of my fingers on the keyboard - total bliss!
This post is linked to the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge