While driving home from the city I felt so much gratitude for the moment. I looked out at the full moon and smiled, I was thankful for the 4 other members of my family who were sleeping (because I sure love the silence of them sleeping). I took the time to sit in almost meditation on all the things I am grateful for.
The high way was quiet and the moon shining brightly brought tranquillity to the second part of our journey home. The first part my darling husband drove, the kids sang, argued, ate MacDonald’s, cried and eventually fell asleep. I was very busy on Pinterest, due to the fact that we had just been at ikea and I am so excited to decorate our living room. I am not sure if my husband really was tiered of driving or just tiered of me flashing my smart phone in his face every time I found a pin I liked, but we pulled over for a pee break, more coffee and then I was free to speed down the highway.
While driving I thought of how thankful I am for classic rock. My parents (all four of them), exposed me to a love of music. Music played from huge concert speakers as my mom cleaned the house every Saturday morning, music was the background sound on the dock, by the pool and at parties. I took piano, cello and clarinet lessons during school and music framed each holiday season from spooking songs to Christmas carols (Thank you moms for my love of BoneyM). With only the radio for a play list as I drove I sat in gratitude for my parents, for spending time at beer gardens, baseball games, the lake and long road trips, that I can listen to anything and probably know the words. As I smiled appreciating my music knowledge I was reminded of how thankful I am for all four of them. I carry a piece of each of their unique personalities with me every day and I am who I am because of their guidance and care.
I was and am the typical 1st born, bossy, organized, opinionated, and driven and the one who helped my parents build on their parenting techniques. (I can’t say that I blazed the widest trail for my younger siblings to follow, I did push the limits, but my younger brother busted boarders my parent’s probably didn’t even realize they should be watching ;)) As the oldest I am the first chance my parents have to see how their long hours of parenting paid off. (Why did we have Kids?)
To my step-dad; thank you for stressing the importance of family time, for family bike rides and summer holidays camping and travelling through Canada and the U.S. I got to see many parts of our country and learn about the world. Thank you for making us eat supper outside even in the rain and instilling in me gratitude for any type of weather and to see the joy in the possibilities of a storm. Thank you for coaching my baseball teams, and curling. You showed me first-hand the importance of constancy and keeping my eye on the ball (I had the black eye to prove it). Thank you for moving us to a small town from the city so I could have a better education and learn to love small town life.
To my Daddy; your laid back attitude towards major drama helps to remind me to keep things in perspective and not stress about the small things. Thank you for teaching me that a look can have the same effect as yelling, if done right. Thank you for showing up when you are needed most and having a clam presents that doesn’t require a lot of words to know that I am loved.
My darling Step-Monster: You are the glue that keeps us together as a family. You are always kind and able to listen. If there was ever a contest for what a step parent should look like and be the description would be seen in the way you love us and care for us unconditionally with all your heart. Thank you for teaching me to be brave, the importance of smiling so no one knows what you are thinking, and how to take time to enjoy life.
Mom – I can never thank you enough for what you have given me. You loved me in our womb, you sacrificed for me to have the best life you could create. Thank you for teaching me how important it is to be there for your children, no matter the hour or the distance. From your love and support I am able to be the wife and mother I am. You taught me to love each of my children for the individuals they are, and the importance of traditions the simple to the complex. As I continue to grow up I call a pone more and more advice and teachings from you and I am so thankful to be your daughter and to have such an amazing role model. (but, No I still don’t want to make cookies.)
The music that filled my childhood was chosen by my parents, and now I smile when I hear it. Music helps me make cleaning less of an annoyance, long drives fly by with singing, and such joy to know that my childhood is filled with great memories, tied to amazing songs and the gift of growing up with four parents.
What everyday events cause you to reflect on what you are thankful for?