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Gratitude List

This page is dedicated to the two Rock-Creek-Park-picnicking, Petersburg-staying, lamb-and-lasagna-making Aries who taught me the importance of taking a pause to show gratitude for all blessings big and small.  They say and live it, and I’m grateful for the role models they are to me.

I am also grateful for

  1. Jason at Enterprise Car Rental for offering me the Camry at the Corolla rental rate.
  2. The guidance counselor at Mae and Jay’s school for having lunch with Mae and two other elementary schoolers on Thursdays to help them practice their social skills.
  3. People at the gym who wipe down machines when they are done with them.
  4. The ladies giving away free samples of Ghirardelli milk chocolates squares on 5th Street.
  5. Another negative mammogram and ultrasound.

    We made signs with the many, many stickers the kids have collected over the years. The photo was used to make a thank you card for friends and relatives who gave them Christmas gifts.

  6. The pleasant, patient, and knowledgable VZ Wireless representative who answered all of the pesky questions that I could have looked up in the phone manual or online.
  7. The food van giving out free cupcakes on 4th Street.
  8. The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Children’s National Medical Center.
  9. The lady at Qdoba Mexican Grill who found my wallet and gave it to the manager.
  10. Qdoba’s manager for cross-checking my ID to make sure the wallet was mine before handing it over to me.
  11. The Metro rider who offered me the balance of his farecard.
  12. Rechargeable batteries.

    For Teacher Appreciation Day, we wrote thank you messages on cut-outs of the kid’s hands and glued them to tubes of hand cream.

  13. My co-worker who gave me a box of Girl Scout cookies, a quarter of which made for a good breakfast.
  14. Being able to report to work as a Federal civil servant and get paid for it, hopefully, at least through this fiscal year.
  15. Forgiving children.
  16. The WordPress app for Droid.
  17. The couple who gave Jay their extra bottle of water after they overheard him asking me for water and me saying that I’d left it in the car.
  18. The Walmart cashier who gave Mae 41 cents when her purchase exceeded her $25 gift card, and I had no cash in my wallet.
  19. Health insurance.
  20. Being a 2011 Black Weblog Awards finalist for Best Parenting Blog.

    Mae and Jay (and his stuffed skunk) at a Memorial Day Parade

  21. All the courageous men and women who have served and sacrificed in the U.S. Armed Forces.
  22. Hubby, for being a stand-up Dad year-round.
  23. My mom, for giving the babies a two-week break from me and Hubby.
  24. The fact that the two Laffy Taffy’s I found in the dryer were still in the wrapper.
  25. My co-worker who gave me a piece of her mom’s homemade cake, which made for a good breakfast.
  26. The Neelys’ cookbook that I received as a gift from my mother-in-law.  The best.cake.recipes.ever.
  27. ProFlowers.com for a no-hassle, full refund for the flowers my friend never received.  Good customer service, though I would have preferred that the delivery had worked out.

    Jay writing thank you notes for birthday gifts.

  28. Our neighbors for allowing us to run an electrical cord from our fridge to their generator while the power company continues to deal with outages caused by Hurricane Irene.
  29. The bag of oatmeal raisin cookies and note of thanks given to me by a co-worker who solved a problem while she was talking to me.
  30. Two colleagues who set aside their work to write glowing letters of reference for me a week before I said I needed them, and for their confidence in my abilities.
  31. A workplace where I feel challenged, respected, and valued.
  32. The opportunity to do work that I love in a supportive environment.

    Mae writing a thank you note for Christmas gifts

  33. The Macy’s cashier who scanned a coupon for me when I didn’t have one of my own.
  34. Google Chat, which allows me to talk face-to-face to my Kenyan friend — for free!
  35. The Michael’s coupon app.  No more digging through the recycling bin for last week’s flyer.
  36. Getting a seat on the Metro during rush hour.  Reading or napping for 15-20 minutes gives a nice boost.
  37. Sunshine and rain.

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    My supper club makes snack bags and sandwiches once a year to donate to the DC Central Kitchen.

  38. Living close to a public library.
  39. Our neighbor for bringing us leftover birthday cake.
  40. Snow days (the kind where school and work close, not just school.

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. — William Arthur Ward

Comments on: "Gratitude List" (6)

  1. Khareen, I am absolutely loving your gratitude list! This is such a good reminder to be thankful for the little things, because they add up. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

  2. Tindi Amadi said:

    Being…grateful is one of the ways we heal ourselves.
    I am grateful for this blog, for you and your family!

    According to wikiHow:

    “People with a strong sense of gratitude, love and appreciation don’t necessarily have more than others; they simply recognize and see more beauty in their lives. A 2003 study suggests that people who count their blessings are generally happier and healthier than people who don’t.[1]”

    So, I applaud you. Thank you for taking the time to share yourself and to showing us, by example, the power in being seeing one’s blessings in the most simplest acts.

    Nameste
    “bow me you” or “I bow to you.”

    • Thank you! When you add your wisdom to a page, you are enriching my experience as a blogger and parent, and I appreciate that. That’s community!

  3. Rebecca said:

    This is brilliant! And gives me chills….I think I may have to start blogging soon…you are inspiring me to no end. I am so honored!

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