It was just as hard as you would imagine it to be.
Even the priest was crying during his homily.
Before going, I was pretty sure this event would be the reason I would be unable to come up with any thankfuls this week.
But sitting there in the pew, surrounded by teachers, parents, and kids from our school, I was flooded with appreciation.
I was so grateful that my kids were in such a place, with these wonderful people, each day. They are surrounded by adults who care for them. By people who are there to support them during the most difficult of situations. To cry for them when they are hurt. Or worse.
And the feeling continued when I left the church.
Instead of feeling weighed down by the grief and sadness I felt for everyone who knew that little boy, I felt more grateful for everything around me. It was a glaring reminder of reality. Everything can change in an instant. We need to appreciate all that we have and all that we get to experience. While I usually do feel grateful, the feeling was more in the forefront of my mind this week.
I was grateful for the day off the grade school kids had this week. (A built-in make up snow day, gone unused since we never had a snow day this past winter.) I took them to a nearby church/park to play some kickball and basketball.
I was grateful for the smiles and hearty welcomes I received from the preschoolers when I subbed in their room.
I was grateful for the many, many trees in bloom. Everywhere I look, pretty flowers cover the trees. I am frequently forced to stop in my tracks to revel in the scent of them.
I was grateful for a job offer, even though I decided to turn it down.
I was grateful for the coaches who help my kids have as much fun as possible in their chosen sports.
I was grateful to be the sponsor for a young lady at her Confirmation.
I was grateful for Buttercup's choice to be confirmed and for the person she chose to be her sponsor.
(For those of you who are not Catholic, Confirmation is the third and final Sacrament of Initiation. Buttercup has chosen to become a full member of the Catholic Church.)
I was grateful for the sunshine. It felt warmer this week.
I am grateful for all of my friends. For the smiles and the laughs and the support and the prayers. Thank you.
So, let me know what you are grateful for this week. Name them. Appreciate those good things.
Have a lovely day!
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