“For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
For song of bird, and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thankful… for the gift of life, for the strength of limb and sanity of mind. For bringing me back from the E platform that fateful day in September, westbound to safety.

Thankful…for my son, the love of my life, who brings me joy every day. For still kissing me good night. For being a decent human being that I am so very proud of.

Thankful for my mom for loving me despite my inattention, for just being my mom. For understanding. For everything.

Thankful… for my sister for keeping up with me and for baking all these goodies for us. For all my brothers, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephew for just being there- we’ve muddled it through and we’re still family.

Thankful… for Brownie. I didn’t know that a mixed beagle-dachshund can make me pick up his poop without any complaint. For his wagging tail whenever I come home from work; for just being deliriously happy with a stick of Pupperoni.

Thankful…for my friends for sharing their lives with me.

Thankful… for FB for reuniting me with old friends, for reconnecting me with loved ones from distant places. They’re just one status update or a Like click away.

Thankful.. for the nursing profession that had opened a new world of blessings more than I have ever dreamed of; for making me a better person because I am a nurse.

Thankful… for my old work home for 21 years.  For showing me the tools of the trade; for making me the nurse that I am proud to be. For the kaleidoscope of memories that prepared me for my new journey.

Thankful… for my new work home. For a whole new experience, a journey filled with new discoveries and exciting challenges.. for welcoming me and making me feel at home… for proving that the grass is greener here on the other side.

Thankful… for being in service to God. For knowing that all of the trials will prepare me for the final reward.

Thankful… for all the little things that I’ve taken for granted but have made my life rich and wonderful. For not having to cook today. 🙂

Thankful… for you. For making me smile and be hopeful. Who knows where this is going to?



Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.

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  • Joanne

    I am thankful for beautiful words like yours.