Beginning in November, I begin to see a flurry of Facebook posts about the things my friends and family are thankful for. By the second week, it’s less a flurry and more a sprinkling. By the month’s end, I see about three friends who’ve publicly pushed through the “30 Days of Thanks,” or Gratitude or Thankfulness, challenge. I know they are thankful for much, after all I see their posts throughout the year. I don’t post much on social media, but each year I say to myself, This year I’ll post mine. Each year, I don’t.
This year will likely be the same, which is why I’ve compiled a list of 30 things here. They are, in no particular order:
- My red cat-eye glasses. They’re so cute!
- The elevator at my office. It’s fast, which is super helpful for the days when I’m running late.
- Icee slushes. Thanks, Burger King!
- Rediscovering Mother’s Original Circus Animal Cookies.
- Walks with Oscar Emilio, the ornery old dachshund who doesn’t mind that I call him “the second-best pup” because he knows another dachshund stole my heart first.
- My husband doesn’t mind that I smell like chlorine a lot of the time.
- The view from my office.
- A good pair of windshield wipers.
- Slippers. I thought they were silly when I was younger. Now, I’m always asking, “Where are my slippers?”
- Living close to alpine lakes. I love swimming in cold water.
- My four jobs.
- My four bosses.
- My co-workers.
- The Hallmark channel. I’m a sucker for Christmas in July.
- Friends and family who love me.
- Root beer from the Blacksmith Brewery in Stevensville.
- The kindness of strangers.
- People with good comedic timing.
- Jokes. Even bad ones.
- Tough days. They aren’t ever as bad as I think, and I end up learning something that is later quite useful.
- Black licorice.
- Copper pennies.
- Jesus. He gave me a lot more than what is on this list.
- Getting to read all the personalized license plates on my morning commute.
- Correct punctuation in text messages. (This is a big one.)
- Betty Boop memorabilia.
I need to add one more: spell check. I needed it to spell “memorabilia.” I’d love to hear from you. What are you thankful for?
Photography Pamela Dunn-Parrish