It’s easy to be thankful for green growing plants and showy flowers and a healthy baby ultrasound. It’s harder to see gifts in the toddler’s tantrums and the stinking trash bag leaking onto the kitchen floor and the toddler who is STILL SCREAMING and the snot smeared on my favorite shirt just before we walk out the door.
But the challenge of the list of One Thousand Gifts is to believe that all is grace and so I look for ways to be thankful even in my irritation and inconvenience.
2. Thankful for a child who is developing her strong opinions right on schedule, that she has lungs with such a capacity for air. That she has enough sense of propriety not to display her screaming tantrums while she is in the church nursery. That she feels secure enough in my love to express her uncensored emotions to me once we get in the car.
4. That the dog <evidence of stomach upset> in their cage was fresh and mushy enough to rinse off with the water hose and did NOT require scrubbing or any other sort of intimate contact.
6. Summer’s heat is already setting in. Ugh, ugh, ugh. But thankful for breezes from the ceiling fans, for cool tile on bare feet, for the chilly spray of water as I walk past the neighbor’s sprinkler.
8. For the thoughtful neighbor who knocked on my door to tell me she’d chased my runaway dogs back into the fence and barricaded the hole in the gate with the bricks she found stacked on my front porch.