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I’m Thankful for the Hiccups

Harley, my four-month-old, is screaming because he doesn’t want to sit in his swing anymore. He wants to be held. Will, my six-year-old, is screaming because he is waaaaaaaaaaaaay overtired and no matter what I say to him he claims I’m ruining his life. I have about 50 hours of work left to finish before the weekend is over, and I realize there are only 38 hours until 9 a.m. on Monday. I’m pretty sure my head might explode before I finish writing this.

In reality, these little episodes tonight are hiccups in my day. And as I watch the boys, Harley’s cry is a little cute and Will’s melodrama is laughable. I just need to take a moment to sit back and appreciate what I have. And, what I have is a life to be extremely thankful for.

In this instance, perspective is key. The kiddos may be a whiney bunch tonight, but they are healthy. I know too many people who have kids with health issues. They also both love to snuggle, which is something I know won’t last forever. We have a roof over our heads and food in the fridge.

I am also extremely thankful that I know I am safe when I am at home. This is not something I would have even considered five and a half years ago. It never even crossed my mind that people live in homes that are unsafe. Working at A Woman’s Place (AWP) has opened my eyes to the fact there are many people, right here in our community, that have to worry about their safety within the walls of their house. And so, I am also thankful for AWP. I am thankful for the opportunity to work alongside amazing people, both staff and volunteers, who strive to make Bucks County a safer place. I am thankful for all of the community members who support the programs and services of the organization.

I’m about to wrap this up, and my head hasn’t exploded either…so I’m pretty thankful for that.


Jenny Salisbury
Director of Public Advocacy

P.S. A Woman’s Place is celebrating a month of gratitude through the end of November. I invite you to follow our stories of what we are thankful for, and to share your own in the comments section below, on our Facebook page, or by emailing me at jsalisbury@awomansplace.org.

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