My Top Ten

Have you seen those status updates on Facebook? The ones where people are saying what they are thankful for EVERY SINGLE DAY this month?

I keep thinking I should jump on that bandwagon, but I don’t want to be a follower. Even though I totally am. I’m just not comfortable doing it so publically. Plus, I’m eight days behind now and I hate catching a trend at the tailend. It’s like the time in college I finally broke down and bought a pair of Birkenstocks, only to find out a few months later everyone had moved on to Doc Marten’s. (Did I just age myself there? Pretty sure I did.)

So, because I’m not taking time to update my gratitude status every day–or even update my status at all, for that matter– I’ve decided to get all my thankfulness out in one fell swoop with a Top Ten List ala David Letterman. (See what I mean about catching trends at the tailend? I think this one is so long gone it’s no where to be caught).

So here it is…

Top Ten Things I’m Thankful For, But You Will Not See In My Facebook Status…
10. Chik-fil-a, which I can never remember how to spell. Their name is tricky, but their fries are yummy.
  9. Limes. They make Diet Coke taste good.
  8. Breakfast. Because once a week I get to eat it with three of my favorite people and sometimes more of my favorite people come along.  
  7. School. My house is quiet when my kids go to there.
  6. Chocolate. No explanantion necessary.
  5. Nice memories from my childhood of snow days, safely viewed from my sunny spot in California where I never have to worry about my children having them.*
  4. Parents who live somewhere snowy so we can have a white Christmas, and then a warm January. 
  3. Friends. Lots and lots of them. And they are the best in the world.
  2. My kids. Who I do miss when they are at school. Until they get home and we enter Homework Hell. Then I wish I could miss them again.
  1. My husband. Seriously, he is the best. Even when I suggest something and he says, “let’s sit down and talk about it,” when we are already sitting. And talking. And I know what he really means is either, “if I ignore it long enough, she will forget about it,” or “I’m gonna have to gear up for this one, because there’s no way she’s letting it go.” And he usually let’s me have what I want if I just “sit and talk about it” at him for long enough.
(There are also lots of other things I love about him. But I’ll wait and post those on Facebook. Because if there’s one thing he hates, it’s public affection of the sentimental type).
* There was the time my kids got out of school for a week because it was under threat of being burned to the ground by wildfire. And the smoke was too thick to actually leave the house. But that’s only happened once in the past twelve fire seasons since I have lived here.

8 thoughts on “My Top Ten

  1. Angela Cothran says:

    Homework Hell–that is a perfect description! I'm glad another mother feels that way. I just keep thinking…”I already went to 5th grade. Why do I need to do it again? I'm pretty sure my mom never helped me this much!”


  2. Maggie says:

    You know I've never been a huge California fan, but when you put it that way (that you get to visit your folks for a white Christmas) and come home to a warm January, you make me want to pack my bags! Fun thankful post!


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