In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m participating in Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors Challenge and for this week, the writing prompt is “Gratitude.” This is a big one, isn’t it? Especially for this year. 2020 has been one heck of a ride hasn’t it?
I feel like this screenshot of the autofill feature on a Google search of 2020 kind of says it all…
I mean, come on! There really has been so. much. going. on. in. the. world. I’m sure like a lot of you out there, on a personal note, there have been a whole lot of changes and discoveries. Yet, despite all of the ups and downs and all of the negative things that have been going on I still find myself feeling overwhelmingly grateful.
I certainly do have a whole lot to be grateful for.
When you look in a field of dandelions, you can either see a hundred weeds or a thousand wishes.
I’m trying to make a conscious effort to see wishes.
Although dealing with the new normal of life in the middle of a pandemic and adjusting our lives accordingly over the last eight months has been difficult, the initial lock-down back in March came at a time that our family desperately needed some help. By help I mean that at the time we had two teenagers in the house 😉 Covid-19 has “forced” us to spend some much needed time together and in doing so helped us work through some of the issues that were at the time, so hard. So, I truly am grateful for that time.
The “kids” have also been taking school online since March. So that means our daughter graduated High School during this pandemic and is currently in her first year of University at our kitchen island. Again I am grateful for this extra time in her presence.
The last few months of restrictions has also forced or rather, allowed us to tighten up our little “bubble” of friends and in doing so I feel like we all have become much closer. So, I am very grateful for good friends, a bit too much food and wine!
This summer we were also faced with our first child moving out (pass the tissue, please). I honestly wasn’t sure how I would handle this new reality, and his empty room. He finished off his first year of University here at home in his room and now his first experience of University out of town is in his living room. I still miss my boy every single day, but overall I am truly grateful that he’s happy and has a wonderful, kind roommate. I’m also grateful that we have our cell phones that allow us to easily keep connected, even if it’s just sharing a funny meme or a tweet.
Another huge blow in our 2020 has been my Dad’s diagnosis with Stage 4 Esophageal Cancer on April 1st of this year. Although cancer is never the diagnosis you want to hear, I have to say that we have been so incredibly lucky for the time and for his health. He’s been doing chemotherapy and overall has been fairly healthy. We were even able to take a beautiful trip together as a family to visit his brother and spend some much needed time by the ocean. Even he is grateful for the timing of the diagnosis, having just returned from a once in a lifetime almost year long getaway travelling this amazing continent we live on.
One thing my parents taught me is the Serenity Prayer and I have to say that it really helps me out in a lot of situations that are just out of our control.
God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can and the Wisdom to know the difference
Creating this blog and being involved in this online community of people/friends that share the same passion that I do has also been fulfilling. It has given me a creative outlet and given me space to be able to do something for me, not to do with our business, not to do with being a mom. So I am very grateful for this blog.
So as you can see, 2020 has brought us a lot of bad, but also a lot of good, a lot of ups and downs. Such is life and for it I am truly grateful.