Today’s Gratitude List

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Today I am grateful for:

  • Snow.  Let me clarify this since I live on the East coast of the U.S.  I am grateful for new snow that falls in big pretty flakes at night & sparkles in the moonlight when I am home in my pajamas and don’t have to drive anywhere.  I am grateful for snow shovelers– like the amazing kid whom I met two days ago (see the next item on my list)– who become part of my village when they knock on the door and offer to take care of our home’s big corner sidewalks.  And I am grateful for all the snow-plowers, road-salters & transportation… um… “specialists” let’s call them, who help us get “back to the schedule.”
  • I am grateful for Adam, who helped to clear out the driveway & shared a cup of hot cocoa.  Adam, a neighborhood kid, knocked on the door & introduced himself.  We negotiated a price, he went to work.  The next day he was back to help again.  He mentioned he also babysits.  When I asked “Do you know anything about autism?” he replied, “I’ve got two disabilities myself” and went on to share some of his story.  Turns out his mom is one of my favorite special needs advocates, a woman with an amazing outlook on life who has encouraged me through some of my toughest challenges.  The world became smaller– and much more “walkable” — yesterday because of that encounter.  Thank you Adam!
  • I am grateful for the bit of flexibility my son is able to muster on days when his entire schedule is thrown off by closed schools, rearranged routines & upside-down family situations.
  • And last but not least, I am grateful for my new favorite piece of jewelry:  A homemade paperclip necklace that Hannah presented to me two days ago.  I bet if I made a whole line of these things, I could fund her college education.  But for now, I’m the proud owner of the one and only piece in this original “Paperclip Jewelry” collection.

paperclip necklace

What are you grateful for today?  Write it down & share it!

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Patty
    Jan 29, 2011 @ 05:47:50

    What a Godsend Adam is, huh?!

    Tell Hannah she’s an artist! I love the way the paperclip takes on an abstract heart – perfect just in time for Valentine’s Day (hint, hint Hannah!).

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    • cathykal
      Jan 29, 2011 @ 11:19:29

      Yes! Adam is awesome! And I think the paperclip heart was exactly what Hannah was going for. She’s a little love, if I do say so myself 🙂

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  2. donnahuebsch
    Jan 29, 2011 @ 15:28:36

    Great going on the PostAWeek, Cathy – you’re averaging better than once a week, I think :o) Way to go!

    Adam sounds like a dear. Good for your son – a change from routine can be so unsettling. Great necklace!

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  3. Susan May
    Jan 29, 2011 @ 16:50:44

    Isn’t it amazing the people that appear in our lives just when we need them, not before, not after? And aren’t the simplest of things of no real value (a paperclip) elevated to priceless treasure when touched by someone we love?

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  4. Allessindra Kedricks
    Jan 29, 2011 @ 18:13:04

    Always, I am grateful for my husband’s ability to cope with my own special needs; today I am especially grateful, as one of them is apparently the need to kvetch about everything in creation whether or not there’s anything wrong with it, to anyone who gets within earshot.

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  5. bbsmum
    Jan 30, 2011 @ 13:55:16

    I want a paperclip necklace too!

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  6. Booyah's Momma
    Feb 01, 2011 @ 23:01:08

    That necklace is simply awesome! Can’t believe your daughter made that… how precious is that?

    And having neighborhood kids like that sounds like something to be grateful for, indeed. Sounds like a great kid.

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    • cathykal
      Feb 03, 2011 @ 14:41:30

      Thanks for the kind words 🙂 Yeah, I think it’s pretty special indeed. We’re working on making more. Puzzle pieces seem to be the latest theme, we’ll see what turns up from this creative venture!

      Reply

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