Happy to be here for Day #2 of our Gratitude Challenge! I enjoyed reading all the comments and can’t wait to read what you are grateful for today. Many of us may be thankful for a short line at the grocery store as we start to shop and stock up for Thanksgiving day cooking!
Here is what we are thankful for today:
I am grateful that on our trip to England this summer I was able to see my best friend Sumira for the first time in 12 years! We have been BFF’s since the first day of 7th grade. But after high school I moved to the US and she went to university in Toronto. After she got married she moved to London and I have not seen her since her wedding in 2003. I was thrilled to get to see, meet her three beautiful children, and to finally get to know her lovely husband Rizwan. It was truly the highlight of the trip!
The great thing about best friends is that even when you haven’t talked to each other in a long time it is like not a single day has passed. That is how we are and I loved every minute of that dinner. I miss her and think of her every day. I hope it will not be another twelve years before I see her again!
In looking for the perfect picture of Larry to upload for this post, I learned something:
He spends an awful lot of time carrying my stuff!
There he was in the National Mall in Washington, D.C. with my purse draped over his shoulder. There’s a picture of him trudging up the hill in San Gimignano (best place EVER!) with my shopping bags. Again, he’s walking through the streets of Kilkenny with my camera bag tucked under his arm. It was amazing to me to see captured in picture after picture a spirit that he showcases so perfectly every day.
He carries a lot of my stuff. First, he’s been there beside me as we’ve explored Mexico, Puerto Rico, Italy, Ireland and the Bahamas. He’s carried not only my bags and sweaters, but my fears and my desire to see new places and experience new things. He’s beside me as we walk through life, carrying my happiness and my sadness, being the spiritual leader in our home, but not in a demanding way, always with a quiet spirit that leads by serving. He puts up with moodiness and has supported me through not one, but two, advanced degrees. He encourages me to believe in myself and to do the things that I was created to do even when they scare me. So today, I am especially grateful for my Larry.