I have decided that I am not a prolific writer. I am a prolific thinker. Now I just need to be able to turn that into written words! Not that every thought I have is worthy to be written, far from it! Most I would be embarrassed to share. You know the ones; why did they put that stupid show on TV?; can’t that person drive their car faster than 15 MPH?; Do you really have to get up at 6 AM to go outside? But now I do want to share my thoughts.
The window in front of my desk faces east and there is the most gorgeous sunrise this morning! (If I didn’t have a big utility pole with a transformer on it I would take a picture and shared it with you.) It is red and pink and orange, like fire rising from the dark horizon. It meets dark clouds that won’t let its light through, yet it powers on, never ceasing, until it wins. It has given all the clouds light, just on the underside, so they are pink and orange bursts of cotton candy floating in the sky. Isn’t mother nature grand! The sunset was much the same last night, although I couldn’t get a picture of it either!
What this made me think of is gratitude! All the “things”in life I am so very grateful for, that I hold dear in my heart. None of them are things, unless they represent some other intangible “thing.” Like my house, I am very grateful for my house, as it gives me a safe , warm, dry place to be. And my car, because it allows to get to where I need to be, whether that be with friends, family, doctors or whomever. But the “things” I am really grateful for are not things, they are people. Like my wonderful friends in St. Louis, with out whom I would literally not survive! My great friends in Quincy, both new and old, who have given me support and love. My family, some of whom have been by my side through everything. And my kids, without whom I would never have survived everything, everyday!
I have three furry, four legged kids, who are the center of my world! You know the saying “Love me, Love my dogs,” well, I might take that to extremes! The oldest is Rudy and he is “Da Man” of the house. He found me at the Humane Society when he was 9 months old! I was very lucky! He is almost 12 and has diabetes, which I think I am finally getting under control. He is a good boy, very loving and mostly well-behaved. Any behavior problems he has is strictly my fault; he needs more exercise, which I can’t give him. That would just about be it!
Then there is Alli, who is the “middle child” and is almost 9. She is a beagle, might be full and might be a mix. She was a Humane Society rescue also. I’m not sure who found who with Alli. I think I felt very, very sorry for her. She had been there over a year and no one was interested because she is…weird. She has so many funky behaviors that she drives me nuts sometimes, but I have to remind myself how abused she was and how scared she was before she came to live with me. She didn’t walk across the floor, she crawled on her belly. Now she runs and barks and barks and barks and barks… You get the picture!
Last, but certainly not least, is Willie. The Princess. The Ruler of the House. She is going on 6 and is a Mini-Doxie. She is also very stubborn, wants her own way, thinks every toy in the house is hers and is generally obnoxious! She is also my baby. That about says it all doesn’t it. Yes, the baby of the family does seem to get away with more, or at the very least, gets more coddling. I try to give them all the same things…if one gets a treat all do, if one gets a new toy, all do, etc. She is little though, so she spends more time on my lap because she fits. She also sleeps under the covers next to me, because she fits and because Rudy won’t! My friends get on me because I spend too much time loving on her and not enough on the other two, so I have tried to be more fair about this. I suck at it! I do keep trying though.
See, a face you can’t resist! Okay, they ALL have faces you can’t resist! At least I can’t! Of course, I can’t resist any puppy’s face. And yes, they are all puppies to me, no matter how old they get!
So there is my gratitude list: My Kids, My Friends, My Family, My House, My Car, Sunrises, Sunsets and I know there are Hundreds of Others that go on the list! But that will be another post for another day, when I am thinking of them.