My 30 days of thanks.

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:

  1. My red cat-eye glasses. They’re so cute!
  2. The elevator at my office. It’s fast, which is super helpful for the days when I’m running late.
  3. Icee slushes. Thanks, Burger King!
  4. Rediscovering Mother’s Original Circus Animal Cookies.
  5. 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.
  6. My husband doesn’t mind that I smell like chlorine a lot of the time.
  7. The view from my office.
  8. Water.
  9. A good pair of windshield wipers.
  10. Slippers. I thought they were silly when I was younger. Now, I’m always asking, “Where are my slippers?”
  11. Living close to alpine lakes. I love swimming in cold water.
  12. My four jobs.
  13. My four bosses.
  14. My co-workers.
  15. The Hallmark channel. I’m a sucker for Christmas in July.
  16. Chapstick.
  17. Wool.
  18. Friends and family who love me.
  19. Root beer from the Blacksmith Brewery in Stevensville.
  20. The kindness of strangers.
  21. People with good comedic timing.
  22. Jokes. Even bad ones.
  23. Tough days. They aren’t ever as bad as I think, and I end up learning something that is later quite useful.
  24. Black licorice.
  25. Copper pennies.
  26. Jesus. He gave me a lot more than what is on this list.
  27. Getting to read all the personalized license plates on my morning commute.
  28. Correct punctuation in text messages. (This is a big one.)
  29. Scissors.
  30. 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?

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