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Two Writing Teachers
Tragic. Awful. Unfair. Terrible.
I had not met this mom, but I still grieved. Here was a mom, close to my age, gone so suddenly. I got goosebumps every time I spoke with someone about her.
During this emotional time, I felt the need to find all the blessings and wonderful things around me. I needed to find the sunshine and blue sky amid a dark storm. I needed to stay strong for my friends who were close with the mom, and for our girls, who were trying to find ways to comfort and stay strong for their friends, her daughters.
Today's gratitude list is brought to you by a tragic event. I definitely plan to start valuing the people around me on a more regular basis - even when the silly, stupid stuff in life brings me down.
I am grateful for...
- my husband - a man I've known for 30 (!) years, who I drive completely bonkers on a daily basis, yet he's my number one fan
- my daughters - they are my two favorite people. I love coaching them and yes, nagging them, to be the best people they can be
- my friends - I have friends from grade school, high school, grad school, my neighborhood, work, Twitter and blogging. They've helped me to figure out who I am, and have helped me realize that I don't need to worry about what anyone else thinks
- my family - parents, in-laws, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents (RIP, GP!)
- my sense of humor and (mostly) positive attitude
- BOOKS, libraries, authors, and all the nerdy book people
- chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate chips, the cacao bean...tee hee!
May you find the blue skies and sunshine during your next emotional storm, or help a friend through their storm.