In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.
- Brother David Steindl-Rast
As I type this, I am balancing the keyboard on my knee while holding Cuckoo. The poor kid has a fever, a runny nose/bit of a cough, and his eyes are all sick looking. Probably because he is exhausted from being awake many times between 2 and 5:30am last night.
I was supposed to go to my doctor appointment and go watch the 8th grade vs. teacher volleyball game today. Instead, I've cuddled with my boy and watched PBS all day. Buttercup was fine with me missing the game, and I can reschedule the appointment. My boy wants me to hold him, I'm going to hold him. These days of holding him are numbered, so I'm not going to waste them. Except there's only so much PBS I can watch. Balancing the keyboard isn't so hard.
On to the thankfuls...
1. Little kids trying out new words and/or getting confused between them always makes me smile. Cuckoo and Turken had me smile a bunch this week. For example:
I washed Turken's sheets but didn't get them back on the bed before leaving to take someone to practice. Instead of putting sheets on the bed, COW just grabbed a sleeping bag for him to sleep in. In the middle of the night, Turken was standing on the landing calling for me. When I got to him, he cried, "I fell out of my suitcase. Can you zip me back in my suitcase?
I walked into the boys' bedroom to find Cuckoo wiping some chapstick all over his mouth. When he was finished, he looked at me and, referring to his dry, cracked lips said, "I have chap on my lips".
While driving to pick Turken up from kindergarten, I heard Cuckoo cough. He then started crying and, referring to the phlegm he coughed up said, "I have choke on my chin".
2. A neighbor takes Phoenix to high school for us, since he has a daughter going there anyway. It makes my life so, so much easier. Last weekend, his daughter got her driver's license, so she will be driving herself to school from now on. Unfortunately, thanks to Indiana's graduated license laws, she won't be able to have a non-family member in the car with her for 6 months. My neighbor is still driving Phoenix to school. He said he drives that way anyway to go to work, so it's no big deal. Oh contrair monfrair. It is a very big deal.
3. Our mall has an indoor play place. We visited. Energy was burned.
4. Cuckoo is the king of out-of-the-blue deep conversations that make me think and laugh at the same time. Example (edited so you wouldn't be completely bored. The chat went on a tad close to forever.)
C: If everyone in the world died, would God be all alone?
Me: No, we would be in heaven with Him and all the other people who have died.
C: I would live with Him?
C: I don't want to live with him.
Me: Of course you don't...right now. You will once you get there.
C: I never want to live with him.
Me: Why? Do you want to keep living with me?
C: No. I want to live by myself. When can I live by myself?
5. Our school hasn't been called off as often as most. Since there is no bus service to Catholic schools in Indy, thus no kids waiting out in the dangerously cold weather, we don't have to cancel. Sure, most people like a snow day, but I'd rather go to school on these days and be out on the nice, warm days in May.
6. The Boy Scouts in our area are active, and we get to do lots of fun, odd things at a discount. Last Saturday, the whole family went to the Monster Truck Jam. Basically, it's a night of watching gigantic trucks smash things and drivers try to flip the trucks over. There is nothing more redneck than a Monster Truck Jam.
|A Monster Truck Jam is REALLY loud, thus the ear protection. Cuckoo insisted on wearing his monster truck tank top over his long sleeve shirt so people could see it.|
7. For the past two Christmases, COW's brother and sister-in-law have given us gift certificates to a fancy auditorium. We were finally able to use them last night and saw Kenny Rogers in concert. Quit laughing. It was one of the best concerts I've ever attended. COW and I realized something, too. Kenny and Pat Benatar, while well into retirement age, are still fantastic performers. Journey and (another band I cannot for the life of me remember that COW went to last year) were still trying to jump around and act like they did 3 decades ago. Those concerts were awful. So, people, embrace the age you are and be fabulous, because trying to be the person you were 20 or 30 years ago just makes you look ridiculous.
8. I am thrilled to live near a capital city. There are so many things to do. I'm going to have to bet COW and I are the only two people in the world who, in a span of 2 months, have gone to a Pink concert, a monster truck rally, and a Kenny Rogers concert.
9. We've had a couple of signs that spring will get here someday. When I went out to feed and water the chickens this morning, the water wasn't a frozen block of ice. That's the first time it has happened in weeks and weeks. And then, even better, I have been seeing robins. All over the place. For those of you not living in the great frigid north, robins are always the first birds to make their way back (that I know of), signalling spring on the not-infinity-distant horizon.
10. Picmonkey. With their free service I can take 2 minutes to make a new image to post on Facebook on Sunday.
Do you know what Sunday is?
Just in case the robins are lying, we can't leave Groundhogs Day up to chance.
Your turn! What has made you smile this week?
Have a lovely day!
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