My two oldest sons are now taller than me, I got to spend a few weeks with my sister & her little ones this summer. The good outweighs the bad. Mostly I think because I am grateful for all the little things that make life worth living:
- a new niece
- my little nephew saying Happy Thanksgiving on the phone.
- and turkey leftovers. yum.
- a happy dog or two and how they make my husband laugh.
- frost patterns on pumpkins
- volunteer lemon balm growing between the stones of our garden path
- Christmas lights through the windows-that fuzzy blur from a distance.
- English & Irish Breakfast Tea
- the laughter of my kids when they're all getting along for a change.
- boring doctor's appointments (ie "every test result is negative, & that's positive")
- meeting new people around this great little town of Manhattan
- a new bakery cafe in town with great coffee & wonderful ambiance
- Free Rice.com because I sat with my son & explained how to guess at vocabulary a little more effectively. And he liked playing.
- The early darkness that allows me to pull the curtains & light the candles
- ditto, because the boys actually are ready to go to bed at a decent hour.
- the fireplace: the smell of the logs as they burn
- knowing that I have support from my family & friends to help me endure the difficult times.
- knowing that it will be ok, no matter what the final outcome is, because really, it's the same for all of us, sooner or later.
- being able to accept sadness as a foil for happiness
Live well folks.
Be blessed this holiday season.