In the spirit of Thanksgiving , I’d like to take a few minutes and wax lyrical about a few small things that I typically take for granted. Just bear with me, I’m trying to cultivate a whole ‘attitude of gratitude’ for a couple of weeks instead of heading straight into consumer Christmas season, dang it.
1- I love that my microwave has a single button I can press to run it for 30 seconds. Instead of hitting three separate buttons I only hit one! Now that’s progress. It makes me feel like Jane Jetson, but with better hair. I even hum the Jetson cartoon theme song whenever I run the microwave. Now I just need a blue robot wearing an apron….
2- I’m grateful for Oingo Boingo. What would Halloween be without Dead Man’s Party or No One Lives Forever? I’ll tell you, it would become a cold, sterile holiday with no soul. Just cavities. Viva Oingo Boingo!
3- I’m thankful that eight years ago I convinced my husband to purchase a comfy brown chair that quickly became a stained, beat up, and well-loved brown chair. This brown chair is the center of my children’s universe when it comes to cuddling, sleeping, or reading.
4- I’m grateful for loofahs in the shower. Not only do they allow me to exfoliate, but I don’t have near the laundry load I would have if we all used washcloths. And whenever you can cut down on laundry AND upgrade your personal hygiene? That’s a win-win situation baby. Plus, by letting my daughters use a loofah, I help them feel grown-up without actually letting them grow up. And that is called ninja mothering, which is a post for another day.
5- I’m grateful my daughters don’t have long hair. Because then I’d actually have to…..coif it. You know, braid it or twist it or arrange it in some fancy way and I have no hair dressing skills. My best friend in junior high could actually french braid her own hair and twenty-four years later I am still amazed and dumbfounded at her hairstyling skills. Anything beyond a barrette or simple pony tail bogles my mind. So I am thankful for offspring with short hair.
6- Popcorn. I am extremely full of thanksgiving over popcorn. They are tiny little kernels with gigantic flavor. Popcorn is cheap, digestively healthy (full of fiber if you know what I mean, wink wink, nudge, nudge), and easy to make. I scream, you scream, we all scream for popcorn.
7- I am grateful beyond words for that little squiggly red line that appears underneath the words I spell wrong on the computer. Without that red line of correctness I would publish posts riddled with spelling errors causing all twenty-two of you who read my blog to exclaim in horror, “She’s a horrible speller! And she homeschools her children? CHILD ABUSE.” And then I’d have to deal with child protective services. But, you see with that handy-dandy little red line I can fix my misspelled words and leave you with the mistaken impression that I am intelligent.
8- I will forever be thankful for fluffy, fat, grouchy cats that snore while they sleep on your lap. Because a life without snoring kitties is not a life I want to live.
What small things are you grateful for this November?