The Thanksgiving list
Posted: November 24, 2011 Filed under: breast cancer, food, kids, pets, tennis | Tags: baseball, champagne, dogs, family, Jacoby Ellsbury, post-mastectomy infection, postaday2011, Red Sox, Salisbury Beach, thankful
It’s Thanksgiving and I would be remiss if I didn’t remark upon the things for which I am thankful. This time last year I was fresh off the post-mastectomy infection train and trying to navigate life as a survivor. This year, the infection is finally in the rear-view mirror, and 8 surgeries later I’m on the road to reclaiming my normal life.
I’m contemplative on this day of everything good in my life. Not gonna think about the bad stuff today. Here’s a short list of the things I’m grateful on this day of Thanksgiving.
My family. And the beach. Two of my favorite things at the same time — good stuff!
Living in Texas, where it’s warm enough to swim on Thanksgiving. People joke about how Texas is a whole ‘nother country, and it’s true. Everything is bigger here, and better.
My kids. Every parent thinks their kids are amazing and wonderful and I am no different.
As the grow I see more and more the people they are becoming, and that will always be a source of pride for me.
Youth sports. Being a part of a team, and experiencing the thrill of victory as well as the agony of defeat is a wonderful thing.
Raising kids who love animals. Whether furry or slimy, cute or with a face only a mother could love, my kids adore animals and have learned compassion and sacrifice through caring for them.
Good books. I love a good read. And I love that my kids are readers, too. My sweet mama the former English teacher would be so proud!
Natural beauty. Whether the rolling waves of Salisbury Beach, the mountains of Utah, or the public gardens in Boston, I’m grateful to have beautiful scenery to gaze at as I go about my days.
Tennis. I’ve learned so much from the game, most notably humility, and continue to be challenged. People laugh when I say I started playing tennis because I like the clothes and had no idea how hard a game it is, but it’s true.
Funny art and snarky humor. I hope I never outgrow my enjoyment of them. If I’m ever too old to laugh at something like what you see here, smother me with a pillow.
Jacoby Ellsbury. Because he’s so fine. Oh, and baseball, too. I’m thankful for baseball. But mainly Jacoby.
A legacy. The women in my family are strong and funny and kind-hearted. I hope to continue the traditions they’ve established.
Mentors for my kids. I’m so grateful for the people in my kids’ lives who teach them, guide them, and love them.
Cocktails. Need I say more?
Great food. To soak up the alcohol.
Puppies! The more the merrier! Sometimes I think I like dogs more than people. Puppies especially.
Things that challenge me to get outside of my comfort zone. Like modeling in the Couture for the Cause a few weeks after my latest hospitalization last fall. Yikes. After wondering what in the sam hell made me agree to do it, I ended up having one of the single best experiences of my life. And plan to do it again in March. Get your tickets now, before it sells out!
Friends. Couldn’t have made it through the last 18 months without them. Whether buds from way back or newly connected, I’m imminently thankful for my friends.
Cheers to Thanksgiving!