According to Webster.com, thankful is defined as “Glad that something has happened or not happened, that something or someone exists. Of, or relating to, expressing thanks.” Synonyms include: blissful, delighted, gratified, happy, joyful, joyous, pleased, satisfied, glad, tickled and even chuffed (if you’re British).
During this time of year we’re all more conscious of what we’re thankful of, and in general, more grateful for what we have (typically). I know I’m guilty of taking things, people and places I love for granted and then in November I feel like I need to express that thankfulness (BTW, not really a word according to Webster). But in any case, this year I thought I’d stick to the top 5 things I’m most thankful for and share them here. Not because I think I need to thank folks publicly (truth is most of them won’t see these posts), or because I want others to think I’m a grateful person, but just because it helps me to write things down. For some reason, adding words to feelings helps me to process things and during this week I want to feel an overwhelming wave of thankfulness, so, words it is!
There’s no better person to begin this week with than my wonderful hubs. As Paul Child would say, “He’s the butter to my bread, the breath to my life.” I thank God every day for this man he’s given me to do life with. Eight years ago, even though we’d been dating for 3 years, we honestly had no idea what we were getting into when we said “I do.” We were excited and ready to spend our lives together, but we had no idea the wild roller coaster we’d be on. I know people say all of the time that marriage is like a fine wine and it gets better every year, but really, no matter how many people tell you that, you can’t understand it until you experience it.
While we were on vacation last week we were talking about where we’ve been and where we’re headed and we both agreed that we had no idea that year 8 would be this good (and can’t even fathom what year 20 will be like)! Not in my wildest dreams did I think he’d ever be able to put up with me for 8 years! But, like I said, he’s a good, good man. He’s my anchor, my calming force, my spider killer, my big box lifter, my personal warming blanket and the one person that makes me laugh every single day. He’ll listen to me talk about books and photography for hours and he’ll happily vacuum the floors and manage the dishwasher. He’ll also spend 10 minutes convincing me that we need to buy a stuffed Sven and willingly sing the guy parts to “Love is an Open Door” while we drive down the road. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all sunshine and puppies, but I’d take rain with this guy any day just to see how the rainbows will turn out. I love you Hun, and I’m so thankful for you!