I absolutely have the most fantastic thanks to give today! First of all, and foremost, I want to thank and give gratitude to my friends. I have a wide variety and mixture of friends, and I am so lucky to have them all in my life. I have some friends who we really don't keep in touch any more, sure we are on each other's Facebooks, but we don't get to see each other due to distance, but even though we are separated by miles, and do not speak very often, there are some friends I know I can pick up with right where we left off. There are some girlfriends with whom I might not speak with for months or even years, but we still send each other messages when we know we might need a pick me up, or a cyber "high five".
And there are other friends who I have never met. Yep, never. We have a connection online, and we support each other in our loves, such as writing or food, and it has grown from there, and we support each other in our every day lives.
The friends that I have in my life are a treasure, and since I suck so bad on the phone, and with making every day small talk, they are really special for putting up with my quirky ways. So love and kisses are being sent out tonight to my friends, old, new and virtual.
Second for the day, I am thankful for Matt Minglewood. Now all my friends are laughing, because he has been a staple in my life every single day now for the last 34 years or so. Tonight I drove Mitchell and some friends to Gregorie, and on the way home I had the Live At Last Cd blasting all the way home, while I wiggled in my seat at the stop lights and sang at the top of my lungs right along with Matt. He has been there for me when I danced with my husband on our wedding night, when my boys were born, on sleepless nights with Shayleen, and most importantly, he provided the entertainment for some of the most fun nights I have had through my lifetime....with my friends, dancing like fools, and laughing like we had no cares. Thanks Matt, I will always love you.
Third, I am thankful for some things that we all take for granted every day. Grocery stores, running water, and shelter. Again, you can ask my friends, I have always wanted to travel to Africa since grade three to raise awareness for the plight that many people face there, like lacking such things as food, and safe drinking water. Next year, another friend of mine, Blake Crossley will be traveling there with his son Nathaniel, who has raised money for wells in Africa. I will live vicariously through them, and when they start raising money next month for their trip, I will share with you what they are up to so that we can all help them make their dream come true.
Fourth, I am thankful for good books! I started my Friday book review tonight, and I honestly had forgotten how much I love sitting down with a good book, and having another one ready when I am done. Books are my way of traveling, discovering, and seeing a different point of view about life and every thing about it. They bring me to new countries, and help me learn, but even better, they make me forget about all the regular every day "stuff" and they whisk me away for a while.
Lastly today, I am thankful for clean, nice sheets. I changed ours today, and I am already looking forward to the way they will feel tonight when I crawl into bed on this snowy night in Fort McMurray.
I hope this reminds you of something you are grateful for, or even better, a person you are grateful for, and go ahead and tell them!