To the thanks...
1. I am thankful for strong medicine. Poor Star came home from camp with a swollen face and a rash over much of his body. The first night home was torturous for him, and no amount of Benedryl or anti-itch cream would help. The next morning, off he went to see a doctor. He was given a steroid shot in his hip (which hurt like the dickens, but did take the focus off the itch, so that's helpful. Not.) and three medicines to take over the next 10 days. One is for an antibiotic to prevent periorbital cellulitis. Normally, I don't give antibiotics unless it is absolutely necessary (even for ear infections, I wait to see if it will heal on its own, which it usually does within a day or two), but this child had periorbital cellulitis when he was young. It was the scariest week of my life, and we do not want to even think about going there again. So, antibiotics it is.
2. I am thankful for the dollar theater. Even if we can afford it, I refuse to spend $50 for my family to go to a movie. Fortunately, we have a theater not too far away which plays movies that have just come out of regular theaters. We took the kids to see "The Croods" this week, for the bargain price of $16.
3. I am thankful for my book club. We've been together for almost seven years now, and I love these ladies to pieces. We have encouraged each other, laughed with each other, and consoled each other through so many life experiences. One of these wonderful women is going through an unbelievably difficult time right now, so we gathered round and had a night away last night. The lot of us booked a suite in a new hotel downtown to simply be there for each other. To cry. To pray. To listen. I can't say it was a ball of laughs like we usually spend together, but it was exactly what we all needed.
4. I am thankful for my responsible children. In order to have this night away, I had to leave them to their own devices from 2:30 Monday afternoon until their dad got home at 7:30, and then the next morning from the time C.O.W. left at 6:30am until I got home at 11. They took care of the animals. They made their own dinner and breakfast. They did laundry. They took care of the little boys. I am so grateful that I could go be with my suffering friend, confident in the fact that they could hold down the fort while I was gone.
5. I am thankful for gelato, and chefs who believe breakfast should have dessert. The hotel where we stayed had a gorgeous, free breakfast buffet. The staff was observant and compassionate. (At one point, every one of us at the table was crying. The waitress very discreetly placed a box of Kleenex on the table for us.) And the food was delicious. So delicious. And then, there was gelato. 10 flavors. With toppings. For free. For breakfast. And the chef himself dished it and said, "Do you want one or two scoops? Or three or four. Whatever you want."
6. I am thankful for affordable soap and an abundance of running water. Boys are stinky. Five boys are knock you on your rear malodorous. I cannot even imagine the stench that would be my house if we lived back in the day of once-a-week baths.
7. I am thankful for rain. After last year's drought, I swore I would never complain about rain again. Even if it rains every day for a week, preventing me from hanging laundry out to dry, making the pig pen a smelly, treacherous mud-pit, causing my children to either stay inside or drag in unbelievable amounts of grass, mud, and water. Which is what we've got going on now. But I'm thankful, dagnabut! Can you tell? And as long as we aren't flooded out and I get to see the sun at least once more before I die, I'll continue to be thankful.
8. I am thankful for my garden. With the non-stop rain, I haven't been out to the garden in 4 days. I went out today when the clouds were a little less menacing and was floored by how much had changed. Look what I picked!
Time to start canning!
9. I am thankful for bees. While picking all those beans, bees were buzzing all around, helping to make my garden grow. I haven't read too much into it, but I have heard there is a problem with a lack of bees in the US. We are fortunate that each year, at least two of our old trees become the homes of a large number of bees.
10. I am thankful for my country. I may disagree with a lot of what the government does. I may disagree with many things that my fellow Americans do or believe. I will always be grateful for the opportunity I have to form my own ideas, the opportunity to say what I want to say, the opportunity to worship the way I want to worship. I will always be grateful to be born in a country where I have the chance to be who and what I want to be.
Now it is your turn. Pray tell, for what are you thankful?
A Fly on our (Chicken Coop) Wall,Bringing the Sunshine, Considerings, Finding Ninee, I can say mama, Steps into Parenthood, The Wakefield Doctrine