On this Thanksgiving, I want to remember what I’m thankful for. The usual and unusual.
I am thankful:
for my wonderfully loving family.
for 800 carwashes around Bowling Green that I never use.
for fresh-grown fruits and veggies so I can try to be healthy.
that I live only a few miles from the KY State Police and the fire department, just in case something ever happened at my house.
that I have a group of friends who challenge and teach me.
for pink lemonade.
that handicap parking spaces remind me I have a lot of living still to do.
for the use of a cell phone.
for beautiful fall weather and the changing colors of fall leaves.
for chrome rims that remind me to live within my means.
for the great impact my Pops had on me while he was still living.
for people at work who are able to laugh with me about another unsaid person at work.
that I can keep myself sane by writing notes.
for my heritage; a little German sprinkled in with Cherokee Indian.
that Emilee Duvall puts up with me.
for boys who play guitar.
that my hiccups bring laughter.
that doggies bring joy to my life.
that Bryce Blaine makes me feel like a kid again.
that my truck manages to get me from point A to point B, even after the 8 years of hell I’ve put him through.
for a healthy family.
for bangle jewelry that makes cool noises when I move them.
about Cameron Yates being my personal stylist.
that White-Out can fix my written mistakes.
that Jesus Christ forgives my every mistake.
for John Mayer.
for Cinnamon Apple Spice from Starbucks.
for Jessie Rae, my trainer and nutritionist.
that toilet paper and shaving cream bring back wonderful memories from high school.
for my comfy bed.
that crossword puzzles keep me sane at work.
for the one day of the month that I don’t have to wear heels – Blue Jean Fridays.
that bussling Christmas shoppers cause me to avoid the mall.
for Jason and Jenifer Lewis – who inspire me everyday.
for Cash Baker – who reminds me to love more deeply in every moment.
for Oreo and M&M McFlurry’s.
that I don’t get sick on roller coasters.
that the Lord made me talkative.
that Toyota Sequioas make me dream of something better.
for parents who love and support me.
for a new iPod adapter that lets me listen to something other that the radio for the first time in 8 years.
for beautiful scenery on the drive to Knoxville.
for Griff’s Gobbler and caesar salad combo.
for nature; beautiful trails to hike, waters to play in, flowers to pick and trees to hug.
that Dad’s love for John Deere makes Christmas shopping easier.
that God gives us time to heal and mature.
for doctors who heal Jessie’s broken finger.
that most facebook statuses make me laugh.
for swings at parks.
for my precious puppy who cuddles with me.
that past relationships can be serious tools for learning.
that Daddy knows people who get me out of having to pay tickets.
for fun-colored paperclips that make paperwork a little less boring.
for purses with pretty patterns.
that I am no longer addicted to Sprite or Grey’s Anatomy.
that I have Daddy’s brown eyes and Momma’s creative mind.
that I can serve as Shannon’s dictionary every day.
for bright colors that make me smile.
that I still have friends from middle school that I still consider to be very close friends.
for birthdays – they’re fun.
that I like to bake – it makes for good dessert treats.
that UT has dominated UK football since 1985.
that I get to go to Atlanta for Passion Twenty-Ten in January.
that Daddy comes upstairs to kill bugs when they sneak up on me.
that cows give milk - I like milk.
that the Mt. LeConte Hikers and Liars Club supports my parents’ funny antics.
REMEMBER TO COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS - ALL OF THEM. NOT JUST THE USUAL FRIENDS, FAMILY, FOOD, SHELTER MUMBO-JUMBO. BE MINDFUL THIS THANKSGIVING OF THE MANY, MANY, INNUMERABLE BLESSINGS WE ALL HAVE IN THIS LIFE.