Thursday, March 01, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #22

Sensing that I was beginning to be overwhelmed by a sense of loss, I thought it was past time I did an exercise in gratitude. I was prompted to do it by the gratitude that almost brought me to tears Wednesday evening when #11 happened.

Thirteen Things I am grateful for:

1. The foundation of a safe and secure childhood in a loving home.

2. Stories

3. That I still have enough vision to read.

4. The computer technology that augments my life in too many ways to count and the laptop that gives me the tool to indulge several of my passions--reading, writing, research, music, movies, games that challenge my mind....

5. The roof over my head and modern conveniences provided by electricity and plumbing (having done without one or the other or all three--from a few hours to a few weeks--on a number of occasions, I am extremely grateful for them)

6. The ability to experience wonder and joy.

7. The ability to experience empathy and compassion.

8. The freedom of conscience provided by our Constitution.

9. All of the libraries and their staffs whose services I've ever used.

10. A sense of humor.

11. That my husband met me at the entrance to the trailer park just after five Wednesday evening, as he was on his way home from work and I was on the way to the library, and took the book bag from me and sent me home where it was warm and then made the round trip in thirty-five minutes that would have taken me over sixty.

12. Extended family and everything they are to my life, including friendship, fellowship, and friction.

13. Language.

14. Oh, I meant to include the continuation of TT. Once I remembered, I couldn't bear to eliminate any of the above. So you get a bonus.

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!

1. Tink 2. jenny 3. Dragonheart 4. L^2 5. Susan Helene Gottfried 6. Scooper 7. Wacky Mommy 8. Gattina 9. JennyMcB 10. Osman 11. scribbit 12. Elizabeth Bauterfly

(leave your link in comments, I'll add you here!)

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12 tell me a story:

Tink 3/01/2007 4:05 AM  

Yeah, those are great things to be thankful for. Always feels good to count your blessings!
My Tt shows a lot of pics of my two kittens growing up.

Anonymous,  3/01/2007 6:09 AM  

yah, definitely great stuff to be thankful for...happy TT!

Dragonheart, Merlin, Devi, and Chloe 3/01/2007 8:30 AM  

What a wonderfully positive T13. :) Those are all terrific things to be grateful for. :) Great list! I am glad to hear that you are still able to read - it brings so much joy!

L^2 3/01/2007 9:07 AM  

Great list! I'm grateful for #3 as well.
Happy TT. :-)

Susan Helene Gottfried 3/01/2007 9:48 AM  

What a wonderful list -- and wonderful husband you've got. Take care of him the next few.

Thanks for stopping by West of Mars. You know where I am if you need something to take your mind off your troubles. (and I'll be posting more Pam this weekend)

Anonymous,  3/01/2007 12:40 PM  

Without a roof many of the other things you have to be thankful for wouldn't be as satisfying. Great list.

Anonymous,  3/01/2007 2:38 PM  

Great list. I have much to be thankful for here, too, but it's hard to remember that sometimes.

Gattina 3/01/2007 7:21 PM  

You are so right ! Since I discovered internet, blogging and bought a laptop not even a year ago, my life has completely changed ! Now I can write and people read me, now I meet people in the whole world it's a wonderful invention !
And can you believe it ! My view became better (!!!) and I have to change my glasses. I am shortsighted and with the age it's getting less.

Jenny McB 3/01/2007 8:57 PM  

Nice to have a list of positives. Love my laptop and blogging also.
Have a good weekend! How many books are you planning on reading?

Anonymous,  3/01/2007 9:34 PM  

very nice idea to write what you are grateful for. i think all of us should make such a list and it should be read by those whom are loved by us. ;)

happy tt!

Scribbit 3/02/2007 11:57 PM  

I agree, many of the things on your list are on my list too.

It's so good to stop and be thankful.

Elizabeth Bauterfly 3/04/2007 7:54 PM  

The 11th cloment was really nice of Ed to do I'm glad you didn't have to go to the library.


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