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I'm Thankful for That!

by BJ Niktabe (Age: 59)
copyright 11-06-2006

Age Rating: 10 +
I'm Thankful for That!


It's a time to be thankful, a time to be grateful for all that you have. I wanted to mention just a few of the things for which I am very grateful.

My father passed away suddenly on December 28, 1994. I am thankful that my niece, Barbara, had a Christmas party on Christmas day that year. I gave my father a ride to and from the party that day. I was the last family member to see him alive, and my last memory of him was kissing him goodnight when I dropped him off. I remember watching him dance that day, smiling and laughing. He had a good time! I'm more thankful for that than I can say!

My mother and stepfather were both sick last year, starting in October and November. They were both in and out of the hospital and nursing homes for rehabilitation for months. She was bedridden for a couple of months, and had a very hard time going through therapy to get her to walk again. He was in jeopardy of losing his leg for a time, but they were able to save his foot except for his toes. It was a very hard time for both of them, but they are now both back home, and doing so much better than they were. I'm extremely thankful for that!

Two years ago, my sister Betty was in a coma. She had suffered an aortic aneurysm, and while in surgery, her heart had stopped. They got it going again, and she was in a coma for about three months. The hospital staff didn't hold much hope for her recovery, but her family was there for her, and today she is living on her own. I'm very thankful for that!

My family is spread out across the country: Arizona, Michigan, North Carolina, Illinois, Kentucky, and Florida. We don't see each other very often, but most of us are able to keep in touch on the Internet, if not on Yahoo! 360, then through emails or on the phone. I'm really thankful for that!

My daughter Angie, and grandsons, Arthur and Sebastian, live in Kentucky. I don't get to see them anywhere NEAR as often as I would like to. It's so much fun when I do get to see them. The boys are different each time, they change so much. Now that they are both talking, I get to talk to them on the phone and hear their voice. And I can keep up with what's going on in Angie's life. I'm so thankful for that!

I have a sister-in-law and three nieces overseas whom I have never met in person, but I've met them on the phone and over the Internet, which is so cool! I'm thankful for that!

I'm also thankful for the Internet, because of the friends I have made there. People who I never would have met otherwise. I'm thankful for that!

Years ago, when my husband and I were dating, I never imagined us owning our own home, happily married. Well, that's where we are now. And we're both working, we both have our health, and we have our cats. We're both happy, and we're both thankful for that!

Life throws a lot of curve balls, but somehow, we always manage to make it home. Sure, we may get some strikes, or hit a few fouls, but we keep running those bases, making the most of what the pitcher throws at us. If we strike out, we wait for our next turn at bat and take another swing. As long as the game's not over, I'll keep swinging, because life keeps pitching. And I'm thankful for that!

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        04-13-2013     marvinthepoet        

I'm a recovering drunk and drug addict.As such I know very well how important gratitude is in one's life. If I forget to be grateful for my recovery and the n=many other small things in my life I am headed for a relapse. Now that spring is here I am grateful for the trees turning green again. I can find something to be grateful for even if it's just my very breath.

        01-22-2007     Marilyn Mackenzie        

You have a great attitude. Life is not perfect, but you've obviously learned to be thankful for the blessings.

One suggestion:

I have a sister-in-law and three nieces overseas that I have never met in person, but I've met them on the phone and over the Internet, which is so cool!

This might be better if you used, "whom I have never met..."

Thanks for sharing!

        11-07-2006     Deborah Thomas        

This story holds so much meaning on many levels. Your family has had it's share of sorrow, but you have found something to be thankful for through it all.
The strength of the message is in your last paragraph. It gives us hope to keep going.
Keep running the bases until you make it on home. Just be thankful that you are still in the game and have another chance at bat.
I'll be back to this one again...

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