Taking “X” Things With Gratitude

Have a “Gratitude Attitude!” I really enjoyed reading this blog, so I wanted to share it with other readers.

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When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. ~~ G. K. Chesterton

For the rest of November, I’m going to take with gratitude some of those things I often take for granted — an entire alphabet’s worth! Since today is the twenty-fourth day of this surge of gratitude, I am giving thanks for “X” things.

I am especially grateful for:

XX. There is a single page in my dictionary for X, so there’s not a lot of X things to take with gratitude. I could be grateful for X-ray machines (and I am when I need one, just not today). I could be grateful for xeriscaping, and I am — elder care is hard enough without adding lawn care to the duties. I could be grateful for xylophones, and I will be if ever I get one. So what “X” thing…

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Image  Thanksgiving is a special time of year for me, a time to re-connect with loved ones and bake tasty treats to share. In years past, as a child, I spent this favorite holiday with extended family at my grandma’s and grandpa’s house, and then, after they past, at my aunt Wilma’s. It always felt like a vacation to me.

When mom was still living, our tradition was making homemade fudge with pecans and peanuts and peanut butter cookies to take to the family’s. That was many, many years ago, but I can still remember rolling up the peanut butter ball dough and carefully placing them on the cookie sheet to be pressed and shaped with the fork tines, all the while sneaking tiny bites of the delicious dough! Oh, the good old days!

While I still love this time of year, I truly miss my parents much more during this time, and that makes it bitter-sweet. I am making new memories and sharing new and old traditions with my children and grandchildren now, and reflecting on days past hoping and praying that I, too, will leave behind memories that will be cherished long after I’m gone as well.

This year I am thankful for many things, but above all I am thankful for everything that God has blessed our family with, including good health, His provisions, and the love of my family and friends.

I wish each and every one of you a very Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!

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