I use those observations not to pass judgment, nor to say that one set of parents was right and one was wrong, but to reflect. I understand that the first set of parents probably had limited time to spend at Disneyland, and that it doesn't make financial sense to spend hundreds of dollars to ooh and aah over 3 little circles that could probably be duplicated at home. However, observing those children and their parents got me to thinking. Am I too quick to dismiss the beauty, wonder, and joy of something only because I know there is something more beautiful, wonderful, or joyful out there? Children (and cats!) can spend hours playing in cardboard boxes before they are ready to explore the actual contents. Am I thankful for the boxes in my life?
Here are some boxes (and contents, too) that I am thankful for this week:
- I'm thankful for a wind-up vacuum cleaner cord. I think I might have mentioned this before, but I really do like the fact that when I am finished vacuuming, I don't have to wind up the cord. I can just step on that little lever, and whoosh! the cord magically disappears. It was fun when I was 3, and it's fun now.
- I'm thankful (in anticipation) for having the Christmas decorations put away. I don't think I've ever been so late in getting this task done, but I'm determined to finish this weekend. (And I'm fully aware it is a 3-day weekend!)
- I'm thankful for decreasing numbers. I've adopted an almost-exclusively whole foods, plant-based diet, and the scale is cooperating, and other health markers, like cholesterol levels, are too. I'm curious to see how long this steady trend continues. (If you are interested in joining others who are participating in a gravity challenge--no special diet required!--come join us at this link)
- I'm thankful for increasing numbers. I forgot to mention (though I remembered, just not for the post last week) my grandmother's 99th birthday. Although Alzheimer's does affect her memory, she is still a sweet, strong woman and I'm lucky to have her as my grandma.
- I'm thankful for increasing numbers. I'm hoping to increase my running frequency and distance this year. John (King of Spreadsheets) has put together a helpful tracker for me, and I'm enjoying filling it in and watching the miles add up.
- I'm thankful for the boost that redecorating brings. This week, I've painted my bedroom, rearranged furniture, and purchased new curtains. I've donated usable, but not-being-used items. The overall result is a bedroom that is more a serene retreat than a storage room. :-)
- I'm thankful for other observations that made me smile. I sat in front of a young family on Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland. The father spent the entire ride reassuring his toddler that there were "no scaries" on the ride, and explained the little drop as a "slide--whee!" He was just so patient and kind, and I love to see that kind of parenting. Another observation was a mom who was quietly, calmly telling her daughter (who was dressed as a princess) that she needed to stop what she was doing: "I think that Princess Jasmine needs a royal time-out."
- I'm thankful for youngest daughter, who accompanied me on a 5K at Disneyland this week.
- I'm thankful for nice weather for running. It was cool, but not cold.
- I'm thankful for John, who ran with me today at the Star Wars 10K at Disneyland. We had a great time as Darth Vader and R2D2, and I think we posted our best times ever.
|Photo: John and I, as Darth Vader and R2D2, in front of Small World at Disneyland|
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