It’s that time of year.
I log onto Facebook and up pop the posts. “I’m grateful for my kids.” “I’m grateful for my job.” “I’m grateful for kind people.”
Don’t get me wrong. I’m grateful for my kids, my job, and kind people. I think my kids are hilarious. They like to record silly videos when nobody’s watching and every so often I find them and have great big belly laughs at their expense. My job totally rocks. (And I’m not just saying that. I really, really mean it. Even on the annoying days.) And really, who can’t get on board for kind people?
I guess it’s just that I also appreciate the infusion of some reality. What are we really grateful for? Here’s my brief, off-the-top-of-my-head list:
1) Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Minis – These are one of the greatest inventions ever, because you aren’t really supposed to put a whole peanut butter cup in your mouth and the minis let you over eat, grab a shot of protein, and still feel like a lady.
2) A short line at my polling place – I am a big fan of performing your civic duty… but I hate a line, so when I was driving past my polling place on my way to lunch and noticed that there wasn’t a line, I knew it was a sign from the powers that be that it was my time to vote.
3) Full-service gas stations – You know as well as I do that when it’s cold and rainy, you would almost rather get towed by AAA then stop and pump some gas.
4) Recordings of live music – If you haven’t tried it, on a rough day get in your car, crank the volume, and play a recording of some live music. I promise, that enthusiastic crowd is cheering for you.
6) Body pillows – What’s better than throwing your leg over something that doesn’t talkback or complain about it being too hot?
7) Cross Keys Diner – Go in and order their omelet special of the day. Any day. Any omelet. I swear it will be heavenly.
8) Free movie tickets – The only way to justify the essential bucket of popcorn and soda sized larger than any amount that any one person should consume in a lifetime, is if you got into the movie for free.
Here’s to the season of gratitude. May it be honest, appreciative, and extend into the new year!
ONCE YOU GET PAST ALL THE STANDARDS, WHAT ARE YOU REALLY GRATEFUL FOR?
Ifeoma U. Aduba