Giving Thanks

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It’s that time of year when we are reminded to consider all the things for which we are grateful. I spend quite a bit of time throughout the year finding gratitude for the various aspects of my life. On most days, I tend more toward the glass half full end of the spectrum. But still, this time of year does make me take a harder look at what I have.

I have my health and for that I am eternally grateful. Good health is a big deal. I see so many people my age that have so many physical problems that I wonder how they get through the day. I am grateful that my problems are few and try to remind myself that I could be in their condition. I had a very bad “accident” in August of 2017. A friend’s horse tried to kick me to death. I spent three weeks in the hospital, had one major surgery to remove my spleen completely and half of my pancreas, plus five other procedures during my stay. My heart, lungs, stomach and intestines suffered severe trauma. I had eight broken ribs and I thought my left femur might also be broken (it was not but I have a permanent dent in the muscle of that leg). I thought I might just die lying there in the dirt of the barn aisle after he kicked me. But I didn’t and I got fit again and most of my parts work well enough that I can do all of the things that I want to do.

I have an amazing husband. He took four weeks off work to take care of me when I got home from the hospital. Even with home visits from a nurse, I wouldn’t have made it without his help. But that isn’t the only reason he’s amazing. It would take way too long to explain what makes him so special to me. And I’m not altogether certain I could do it well enough anyway. And there is my sister. She is a sister without compare. Everyone should have a sister like her. And I adore our cat and dog. They brighten my life in so many ways

I have a lot of really great friends. And this brings me to what prompted me to write this. I am so delighted with all of the people I have “met” in the WordPress community. Each time one of you likes one of my posts is a little thrill of enjoyment. But that is not what is most important. I love discovering what makes you all tick and reading what you all have written. I learn from you all and I had no idea a blogging community could be so much fun or so supportive.

So thank you all for being the wonderful people that you are. I am thankful to know you.

Published by Dianne Lehmann

I'm a writer. But I'm also a wife and a mom to a couple of fur babies. You could call me a cook (but never a chef, I'm not that good) and provisioner as well. Laundress? Yeah. Probably. I design jewelry and I crochet. But mostly I love to write. I love words and how they sound. I love their meanings and origins. I love stringing them together. And of course, I love to read. Thinking about it just now, I realize that what I love most is life and the people around me with a special place set aside for my wonderful husband, our adorable dog and our inscrutable cat. It's the world and the people in it that fuels my writing. So thanks to you all for being the amazing beings that you are.

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