Even though this has been a terrible, horrible, rotten, no good, very bad year, I’m happy. Even as September rained blow after blow on my head I was able to maintain a little perspective. It was a big month for celebrations among our friends and family. We started the month with Labor Day. Though with the pandemic it was a much more subdued event. Son #1 was working overtime as it was a big day for fried chicken from the deli so we saved him a turkey leg. He is currently sick of chicken anyway… This was followed by our anniversary. It was a very auspicious date as I have a nephew who chose to get married that day and a former coworker/current friend who likewise got married that day. On top of that it was the birthday of my SIL (wife of Sparky’s brother). We had a nice dinner at a fancy and socially distanced restaurant and watched a movie (rental). From there it was a quick hop to son #2’s birthday. This was not a banner birthday year but a celebration nonetheless. He requested a tart cherry pie which I was able to provide.
From there we had a constant stream of nieces and nephews celebrating birthdays. We are quite fortunate that birthday gifts are not required or we’d go broke! We had relatives that live in Montana take their motor home on its maiden voyage to come to Indiana. That was another opportunity for physical distancing as we got together for a meal and conversation. So as we skid into the final stretch of the month, I’m prompted to do a little gratitude list.
♥ I am married to the love of my life.
♥ He still thinks I’m sexy after 2 kids and 37 years of marriage.
♥ Even with the pandemic we are able to celebrate (mostly at home and at a distance).
♥ We are still healthy and avoiding the virus, major health problems, and assorted colds and flu.
♥ Our sons are gainfully employed, healthy, happy, and still talk to us regularly!
♥ I’m back in the ceramic studio (all 5 of us spaced at 10 feet apart).
♥ The family flung to the four corners are all still healthy and fairly happy (as happy as social butterflies can be in a socially distanced situation)
♥ The election season is heating up and I have reason to be hopeful.
♥ My geocaching is on target to fill in all the blank spots on my calendar. I might even reach the next milestone!
♥ I’m going to take a road trip filled with adventure, geocaching, and spending time with good people.
♥ Not least, my friend is nearly completely mended physically.
I have water wings of faith and hope to keep me afloat. I am buoyed by the love of family and friends. What is keeping you above water this year?