Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Gratitude Journal #57

Today, I am grateful to my husband for insisting he run the Ironman race, despite an interrupted training schedule. It was a wonderful few days alone with him.

Today, I am grateful to the staff at the medical tent who served George and so many other athletes so well.

Today, I am grateful for a safe trip home, for my mother who took excellent care of my boys and my furry girl so I didn't have to worry a bit about being away, and for the dinner she had waiting for us.

Today, I am grateful for boys who can't stop hugging me and saying, "Mommy, I'm soooo glad you're home!"

Today, I am grateful for a wagging tail and velvety puppy belly. Daisy grew while we were gone. I'll post pictures later.

Today, I'm grateful for these two conversations yesterday. First, while George and I were listening to music in the car:

Me: "Alligator lizards in the air"? What sort of drugs do you have to take to come up with a line like that? What does it mean?

I don't know. Maybe the alligator lizards are looking for "mystic crystal revelations."

And this conversation, which took place at 10:00 last night, two hours after Jack went to bed....

Me: Jack, honey, you need to go to sleep.

Jack: Mommy, I've been thinking. [dramatic pause]

Me: What have you been thinking about?

Jack: [perky, optimistic tone] How about we go to McDonald's for dinner ever day?

Me: No.

Jack: [undeterred] Every morning for breakfast?

Me: No.

Jack: [still hopeful] Sometimes?

Me: Sometimes.

Jack: Oh, thank you, Mommy!

What are YOU grateful for today?

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  1. My husband's a marathon runner who has had highs and lows in his running career --- We've been following your road to the IronMan --- when he read your entry about the medical tent --- my DH said, "I've been there. He did the right thing. Bad things can happen if you don't listen to your body."...and I know your DH must have been so glad to have you there! Thank you both for sharing your story!

  2. So glad to hear George is OK. I was updating my husband (also an Ironman)with your weekend events, and was quite disappointed for him, though very glad he knew when enough was enough. You may have done everything right in preparation but sometimes it just doesn't go according to plan. There is always next year, and you are so right about the support staff - we complained long and loud about the cost of the 2 Ian did (Port Macquarie Aus, New Zealand) but if he needed anything help was there, especially at the end. Give our best wishes to George, he did an amazing job just getting there. (Ian said the course looked like a tough one)>

  3. I love this part of you blog. Makes me stop to think about all the things good in my life.

    Have to say having Annie (my dog)is one of bright spots in my life right now even when I have to get up at 6:00 AM to walk her every morning.

  4. I'm grateful for my hard-working husband. I'm grateful for the lovely cool summer in Washington, and I'm grateful for my two kitties to keep me company (and laughing along the way). I'm also grateful for PTI releases, even though I spend WAY too much time figuring out my list beforehand, trying to stick to a budget but also get new goodies.


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