Today I am grateful for the companionship of my cats and dog. Without them I know that I would have gone mad throughout my life. The companions may have changed in physical form, but I know that even when they pass on, they can continue to keep me company when I need it the most.
Today I am thankful for high speed internet. I hadn’t realized just how much of it my family uses until this last week. We are moving out into a more rural area and so won’t have the same kind of access as we’ve been enjoying for the majority of my niece’s and nephews’ lives. We’ll still have it, but it won’t be anywhere near what they’ve grown up with.
So think about it sometimes. There is so much at our very fingertips (literally) that we don’t really think about it until it’s not going to be there anymore.
I’ll still be able to do my blog, but it’ll be handled differently. How differently I don’t quite know just yet, but I am thankful for the time with this kind of internet that I’ve had.
Sixteen months ago I was still a little new to my blog, despite the fact that I had it up for several years before that. It was put up nominally because I had to for several of my classes in college. As soon as I finished those assignments, I promptly forgot I had a blog at all.
I was such a short-sighted little thing in my early twenties. (shakes head in amusement)
Anyway, after several years of having different family members (and some friends) mention that I should really try blogging considering how much I love to write, I finally ‘gave in’ and went to create one. Imagine my surprise when on randomly checking my email before actually doing so I found an email that I’d received from WordPress letting me know that there were new options for my blog. At the time I wondered, “How did they know?” Now I’m perfectly aware that they send out such emails several times a month whenever they update something (because the people who run this show are awesome like that.)
Anyway, today I’m grateful for the timing that they had at that moment because otherwise I would not be here writing, at all. So thank you, WordPress for sending out update emails so often.
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.
Today I am grateful for the service of the United States Postal Service. Without them, my mother would not be able to send a Christmas present to her sister. Without them, my parents would not have been able to converse consistently with their parents while my father was serving overseas before they had a lot of children.
We often forget in this time of fast access through digital means that without the base to build from we would not find it as important to write to others, to communicate when not within walking or driving distance. Before we had computers or phones we had mail that came by car or plane or boat. Before we had cars and planes we had mail that came by horse and by boat.
So I am grateful not only for the USPS, but for the people that have worked within it since it was established.
Today I am grateful for my sister’s youngest boy. I haven’t been able to walk Sissy this past week due to sores on the back of my Achilles tendons. I can’t put shoes on even with band-aids and such on them. So my nephew has been walking Sissy in the morning before catching the school bus to start his day. That means that he’s been waking up a little earlier in order to walk her.
My eldest niece and nephew can’t walk Sissy because they leave before the sun even thinks about coming up and Sissy won’t walk that early. She likes her sleep just as much as the rest of us.
If you ask my niece and nephews why I am a horrible aunt, they will tell you many things, but right now my eldest nephew will mostly say it’s because I make him do holiday homework on national holidays.
I’m grateful for that homework, though, because it gives them something else to do when on some days they just stare at the ceiling because all of their friends are gone and they’ve all already used up their electronic time.
That and it’s good to keep that knowledge near the front of their heads so it’s not such a big culture shock when they get back to school.