Guest blogger Michelle Kemper Brownlow: It's that time of year -- the time to mention what I am thankful for. Some people keep a gratitude journal, and some people make lists or send notes. I'm a mom of three; I don't even have time to find a pen ... so I just tell anyone who will listen. Of course, if I'm out and about while doing so, I run the risk of being dubbed "that woman who talks to herself in Walmart." But if I don't put it out there right then, it will be forgotten by the next diaper change.
Once you are a mom, your "thankful list" changes drastically. Health and happiness fall by the wayside ... we focus on the little things. The following is THIS mom's 2010 Thankful List.
I'm thankful that ...
â€¢ ... the bus was on time and no one was home sick.
â€¢ ... no one has to know I crawled back into bed before the bus left the curb.
â€¢ ... no child called 10 minutes later asking me to bring an instrument/lunch/homework to school/
â€¢ ... my socks only hit three sticky spots on the kitchen floor as I slogged to the coffee pot.
â€¢ ... the dog likes to lick the sticky spots.
â€¢ ... I have that one reserve pair of underwear at the bottom of the drawer on laundry day.
â€¢ ... I went six whole hours with no bodily fluids on my person.
â€¢ ... I'd actually had a shower when the UPS guy rang the doorbell.
â€¢ ... the greeter at Walmart told me my shirt was on backwards BEFORE I ran into the PTA president.
â€¢ ... when I went to the restroom to change my shirt around, the restroom didn't smell like [insert gross smell here].
â€¢ ... when I sneezed in the shampoo aisle and peed a little, I was wearing a pad.
â€¢ ... I have all of this and more to look forward to tomorrow ... sigh.