Thanksgiving is a time to ponder and be grateful for blessings that have enriched our lives. It’s a time to realize that the little things really do count! In this COVID environment, it’s even more important to search for and acknowledge the blessings in our life. This virus has underscored how precious our time here is. It has made our time with friends and family more exquisite that it already was.
So let’s take a moment and be grateful for the little things, the big things, and all the things in between! Here’s our list. Some may resonate with you, some may spur you to find your own gratitude list. So put pen to paper and make a list! Put it on your refrigerator or bathroom mirror and glance at it daily. And for those people on your list – tell them exactly how much they mean to you.
- A moment of silence on a hectic day
- Sleeping through the night with an infant in the house
- The health of our family
- A spouse who loves us and supports our needs
- Special friends in our lives
- The telephone- connecting us to relatives and friends near and far
- Zoom meetings to keep us connected
- Working from home
- Grandparents available to babysit
- A car that runs well (or runs at all!)
- A roof that doesn’t leak
- A soft, warm bed at night
- Friends who share clothes their children have outgrown
- A piece of china that belonged to Grandma
- Fuzzy new slippers to warm your feet
- A good book, a cup of tea and a quiet corner
- Your child’s smile
- Laughter at unexpected moments
- Moments spent with our adult children
- A quiet evening at home with your spouse
- Pets who love us unconditionally
- Grown children who live near to us
- Playing games together
- Being together as a family, enjoying each other’s company
- And if you are fortunate enough to have someone to quarantine with, you are lucky indeed.
REVISED from Encouragement: A publication by Angela DiCicco and Gail Signor
Wishing you many blessings this November, whether or not you spend it with family, may you find ways to be connected.
The Italian Grandmama
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One thought on “Gratitude Month 2020: Can we find the blessings?”
Sure can. The fact that I am still alive is one. The fact that I am an honorary Italian is another. Honorary Italian? Did I ever tell you about that? Well, my small village lacked a high school – which put me in the position of being able to attend any of the nine schools in the nearby city that I could qualify for. Being a brash young guy, I made out a three page questionnaire that I took to each principal in succession. The first two were quick to usher me out the door, which told me what snobs they were. The third looked it over, chuckled, and said, “we’ll get to that later, after I’ve shown you around” – and we started out, and everywhere we went in the school kids were climbing all over him: “hey, Mr Swift, remember my sister Angela? She just got a job! – hey, Mr Swift, you know that friend I brought here – hey, Mr Swift – and I decided on the spot that is where I wanted to be. We never got back to the questionnaire. But subsequently I discovered that the school was located in the Italian section of the city and all of its students were immigrants (most from Sicily) or first generation citizens of Italian immigrants. And indeed I had a ball – although my schedule was a bit crowded because I had to graduate in three years or be drafted out of school. (So I cleaned out that math courses, taking three consecutive courses simultaneously and graduated one week before entering the Navy.) But when most of us returned two years later, the old bonds remained and we had a reunion every year until the don passed out while driving and crashed into – of all things – an ambulance. It could have taken him to hospital, but there was no point as he had passed; and by that time there weren’t enough of us left to reune. But the fact that I had enjoyed my fellow students not only during school but long after resulted in their deciding part way along that I should be designated an Honorary Italian; and I’ve always felt blessed for that.