Everywhere you look these days, people are posting what they are thankful for. I'm usually not much of a follower, but I am OVERCOME with gratitude right now.
I'm a lucky girl. Not only do a lot of outright GOOD things happen to me, but often times even when things are bad, they are never as bad as they could be. If my life were a car accident, while other people were totaling their cars, I would be nicking the mailbox.
So, tonight was a big night in our house. Coders had a concert at school. Last year, they set a chair beside the risers and his helper sat with him, ready to whisk him away at the first sign of trouble.
This year, he got to stand on the risers with all the other kids. Before we left the house, he was full of energy. Literally bouncing off the walls. I was concerned about him making it through the concert with all that energy. Could he stand still for 30 minutes?
He started out strong. But then he saw me standing at the back of the room, pointed to me and said, "Mommy, come here!" Later, he was standing beside the risers and hopping up and down trying to get a better look at us. Yup, I had that kid, the one who clearly has his own agenda whilst all the other kids are busy performing.
Anyhow, he made it through all but the last two songs, so we were really proud of him! But that's not what I'm grateful for.
We came home and he told us a girl in his class (his super special friend) got sick today. These words strike fear in a parent's heart and put their inner doctor on high alert. I surreptitiously kissed his forehead to see if he were feverish. Reminded him if he felt icky he needed to let us know right away. My husband got a waste basket ready, just in case.
And then, the unthinkable (for which I am sooo grateful) happened. My boy puked. A LOT. Almost all of it made it into the garbage can, and while I'm thankful for this, it isn't the thing that inspired me to pre-empt my scheduled post for this one.
The thing I am so over-the-top thankful for is that he got sick at home and not on the risers at school during the concert. We hadn't been home a half hour when it happened. Imagine all the video cameras rolling as the kids are singing some sweet song and then my boy upchucks all over Chuck....and Mary, and Joey, and Jenny. Uhhh, yeah.
THANK GOD WE WERE HOME!
It's all about perspective and appreciating the little things my friends.
What are you grateful for today???