I just spent a month viewing the posts of many of my friends on Facebook as they posted daily everything for which they were thankful. I was truly touched and definitely amazed at their ability to write something each day. I ‘opted out’ of doing that because I knew I would either never keep up (heck, I can’t even keep up with this blog!), or I would most assuredly repeat myself, since my brain seems to have ‘left my building’ a couple of years ago.
This morning, however, I was truly touched by the post of one of my distant cousin's. She put a photo of her son as her profile photo and mentioned how much she missed him. She went on to add that she knew that she would see him and his sister one day soon, and how thankful she was that she had been their Mother.
I broke down in tears. I cry still. My heart is broken.
It goes without saying that most of us learned as we grew up to be thankful for everything and in all things give thanks. However, I’m not sure I would have my cousin’s strength. Her faith is strong, and I know that gives her the ability to write those words. I can only believe that my faith would give me that strength as well – eventually.
Her words prompted me to write this ‘Thankful Thursday’ post, since I didn’t do that during the month of November. I have so very much to be thankful for, and I’m a little ashamed that I didn’t participate in that enjoyable activity on Facebook. I’m making up for it now, so here goes…
I am, quite naturally, thankful for all of my family – my beloved husband, my amazing three sons, my wonderful three grandchildren, and my beautiful new great grandson! I’m also thankful for my remarkable daughter-in-law, my delightful nieces and nephews, my precious sisters-in-law (both current and ‘former!’), and even my brothers-in-law – and if you knew them, you’d know that’s a hard one to say! (Just kidding, of course. Maybe. Okay. Kidding. Really! I love them all.)
I'm also very thankful for my parents, grandparents and all of those who have 'gone on before me.' One of the joys of my life is that I chose to research my family's history and have come to know my ancestors so well. What wonderful people they were, even those few 'questionable characters' sprinkled about in the ol' family tree.
I’m thankful for all of my cousins, and that includes the ones I’ve known all my life and the many, many ‘new’ cousins I’ve ‘found’ and connected with during my years of family history research. It’s funny how close you can become to people you never knew before, and never even knew existed, but there really must be something to that ‘genetics’ thing! J
I’m thankful for the countless friends that I have. I’ve been blessed over the years to have such good friends. I think that the one thing that I’ve always really liked about Facebook is that it’s allowed me to ‘reconnect’ with friends that I thought I’d ‘lost’ over the years.
I would be remiss not to add that I’m thankful for the many new friends I’ve made through social media sites and through the heritage, genealogical and lineage societies that I’ve joined. So many wonderful people.
I’m also extremely thankful for the fact that I chose to be a teacher those forty-plus years ago. I know that teaching has become much more difficult in recent days than when I was in the classroom, but I’m thankful that so many young people are choosing that profession. There is nothing in the world more wonderful than to have a former student tell you how much you meant to them and what an impact you had on their lives. Maybe I could have made more money in another profession, but I would have never had the ‘riches’ of those grateful former students. I would also never have had the wealth of memories: mostly uplifting, positive, funny and heart-warming; others heart-breaking and depressing; and luckily only a few frustrating and infuriating; a treasure of memories, nonetheless.
I am even thankful for my health. For those of you who really know me, you may be questioning my sanity right about now. But when everything is put in perspective, I can still walk, talk, stand, and function fairly well, and for that I’m very thankful! And I can certainly still write – which I need to do more often.
Finally, I’m thankful to you if you read this. I’ll repeat what I said before, that I’m writing this because of my cousin’s strength and ability to carry on in the face of such tragedy. I know that her children knew that she loved them and was especially thankful for them.
I want my family and friends to know that as well.
“In every thing give thanks….” (The Bible; 1st Thessalonians 5:18)