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What are you thankful for today?

Each day is a gift. A present. A present of sunshine in the morning and breath to live. The sun comes up to open the stage for our day. And the sun sets at night when the curtain closes.

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I just went through the photographs on my computer looking for a photograph that would illustrate what I am thankful for. And I found a series of sunrise photographs from two years ago.

The sunrise photograph was taken in Sweden on May 2nd, 2014.  My friend and I woke up before sunrise and waited for the sun. One little day that we wanted to embrace from beginning to end.

We wanted to see the sun rise. We sat on rocks in an open field and waited. I am thankful for my friend who waited for the sun to rise with me.

The sunrise I am thankful for happened one year, ten months and twenty-two days ago.

It is interesting how one day can be special, and the rest of our days can become monotonous, a cycle of waking and sleeping, each day like the next, rolling into years of dirty dishes and cut grass.

What are you thankful for?

I forget to be thankful. I forget to be thankful for the people I love and see every day. I notice when they leave the empty milk cartoon on the counter and don’t throw it away, don’t wipe the counter off when they spill jam, or leave their egg shells on the counter after they drink their eggs for breakfast.

The small irritations in life become the focus. The small kindnesses get lost in the  egg shells and spilled jam. Today I want to be thankful. Tomorrow too, and the next day. Living a thankful life.

Today I am thankful I have been married for twenty-five years, six months and one day, to my kind husband, and I am thankful my favorite sardines are on sale at Costco.

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Pamela and Nick Hodges, September 22nd, 1990.

 

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Sardines on sale at Costco, March 23rd, 2016. $3.00 off.

From March 3rd until March 28th, a six-pack of Season Brand sardines are $3.00 off. And not just any sardine. Season Brand sardines are skinless and boneless in pure olive oil. The sardines are wild caught and certified Friend of The Sea sustainable. There are 1,300 mg of Omega 3 Fatty Acids per container. And, one more thing, they expire on 12/31/2019.

Now that is something to be thankful for. A kind husband and sardines and peas for breakfast.

 

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Sardines and peas for breakfast with Nepeta, the cat.

I am also thankful my breakfast is protected from the cats when I get a glass of water.  Nepeta also likes sardines.

What are you thankful for today?
Please tell me I would love to know. Click here to comment. HERE

xo
Pamela

Writing every day in March with the slice of life challenge at Two Writing Teachers

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About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • EmFairley

    I’m thankful for spending an amazing week with a wonderful friend and her family. I’m thankful for the multitude of memories we created and for those caught on camera. I’m yet to transfer them to my pc but when I do, I’ll share some with you.

    I’m thankful for you, Pamela, and your friendship and support

  • Susan W A

    THANKFUL for a SIGNATURE

    I could write all day and into the early morning hours about being THANKFUL. Of all the personal development topics that I read about in the inspiring and informative emails I receive daily, the habit I have been most successful in is having AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE. I am GRATEFUL for the big things in life, including some of the items on my List of Joy that Pamela invited us to share in her “words stuck in your throat” post.

    I’m also THANKFUL for the little things in life, like when I open the “catchall” drawer in the kitchen (which I’m THANKFUL is not filled with (much) junk), and I can grab my car and house keys from their designated spot, nestled proudly next to the community pool key in a rattan basket from my childhood in Singapore. (And I don’t have to be late because I’m searching high and low for lost keys.) I’m also THANKFUL when I get in the car and am about to drive to work when I remember that I needed something else from the house.

    Today I want to write about being THANKFUL for seeing a signature. My mother died one year six months and fifteen days ago on September 12, 2014 at the age of 82. [I’m GRATEFUL to learn captivating writing techniques from Pamela Hodges.] I’m GRATEFUL for accompanying my mother on her journey and especially for all that I learned in the last 48 hours of her life, as Death came to take its turn in life (an essay for another day and into the early morning hours).

    We had two estate sale companies come to look at all the “stuff” in my mother’s home. The first woman walked in the door, took one look around and immediately said, “I’m sorry, there’s no way I’m going to take on this project. Your best bet would be to get a large dumpster for most of these items.” Twenty minutes later, the next company came. This second estate sale lady walked in the door, took one look around and immediately said, “OH MY, what TREASURES! Let’s get started right away.” I’m THANKFUL for the second estate sale lady.

    I’m very GRATEFUL for what happened on the first day of the estate sale. My husband and I drove the hour and fifteen minutes to my mother’s home, arriving after the first dedicated estate-sale treasure hunters. We were very impressed with how the second estate sale lady had arranged all the “stuff” to showcase their treasureness. We wandered around. I walked into one of the upstairs bedrooms and looked down at a painting. By some astonishing good fortune, my eye was drawn down to the bottom right-hand corner. There was the SIGNATURE faded with decades of age. My heart jumped … M. Halverson … my mother’s mother! I vaguely remember seeing this painting when we went through the items to prepare for the estate sale, but did not realize it was my grandmother’s. I snatched it up and held it close, heart pounding. While many treasures found new homes that day, that one came home with us. I am THANKFUL for seeing the signature.

    • EmFairley

      Such a sweet story. Thanks for sharing, Susan. I’m so sorry for your loss, but grateful that you found the painting in time.

      Hugs

      • Susan W A

        Thank you for your kind thoughts. : )

    • Susan,
      I am so sorry your mother died. The second lady was much kinder, yes, a home full of treasures and love.
      Oh my, you almost missed the painting! Other people had already walked through the house buying treasures.
      And, I am thankful for you.
      xo
      Pamela

      • Susan W A

        Thanks, Pamela.

  • Natasha Labaze

    Thank you for your Gratitude post. Congratulations on 25 years of marriage. I love sardines. I have them with spinach for breakfast. They are also rich in calcium.

    • Hello Natasha,
      You are very welcome. Thank you for your kind words about our long marriage.
      Oh, yippee, you love sardines too!
      I will try them with spinach tomorrow for breakfast. Thank you for the suggestion.
      I hope you have a wonderfully day today.
      xo
      Pamela

  • Today is my son’s 18th birthday. I am thankful to have such an amazing son. The gift that keeps on giving!

    • Yippee! Happy Birthday little baby Weiss.
      Thank you for sharing his special day!
      xo
      Pamela

  • Kim

    Today I awoke giving thanks for a new day. I had to go to a job that is so-so. I was thankful deliveries were on time and I could hustle through with the intention of getting home early so I could work on my impulsive crazy project. I am thankful that while working I had enough nerve to shut down the creepy guy who was whispering inappropriate comments at me. I was not politically correct and he definitely got my message. I’m not usually brave enough to do this but he pissed me off and I thought if he is doing this to me he is probably doing it to other women and girls. That is not okay. Today I am grateful that I had the courage to act.

    • Hello Kim,
      I am thankful you had the courage to act too. Way to be brave. I hope you have fun with your crazy impulsive project.
      Being thankful for a new day. 🙂
      xo
      Pamela

  • Mary Anne

    Pamela, I am so thankful everyday for the good people around me ;-).

    • Hello Mary Anne,
      So much to be thankful for. And, thank you for stopping by to say hello.
      xo
      Pamela

  • I am SO thankful you are in my life!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts ❤️

    • Thank you Lotta!
      I am thankful for you too! And for sunrises in Sweden.
      Happy day to you.
      xo
      Pamela

  • Brittany Butler

    Being thankful is subject that never gets old. It’s our check and balances. I love slices that are therapeutic and optimistic like that. They are contagious. I love the part where you write, “how one day can be special, and the rest of our the days can become monotonous…” That sentence you spool afterwards with the dishes and cut grass is a statement of why the thankfulness is so important. Really well done there. Now, that photo is you and your husband? Wow. Looks like a couple of old Hollywood stars. Very classic and elegant!

    Today I’m thankful for having read this pick me up and thankful for your kind comment about my grandfather. That was very sweet. I’m also thankful a for my children starting spring break tomorrow Dominican catch up on some sleep. 🙂

    • Hello Brittany,
      Thank you for coming over to day hello. I hope today with the start of spring break you can find time to rest.
      I will be thinking of you this week as you remember your grandfather. I am thankful for you and the story you shared.
      Yes, that photograph is of my and my husband. Thank you for the compliment.
      xo
      Pamela

    • Susan W A

      I like your reflection on Pamela’s message, examples and photos. You’ve shared your ideas beautifully. I agree. : )