I Speak Gratitude Better than Spanish!

“Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow.”Doxology

I have started to speak Gratitude lately. It takes some work but once you get rolling, it’s really a thrilling language. You notice things that would go unnoticed in your native tongue. Here is my list for this week:

0016. Guacamole. Freshly made, especially when it has that crazy cheese sprinkled on top (what is that stuff and where can I get it?).

0017. Big fluffy clouds rimmed with sunshine after a rain.

0018. Spaghetti, garlic bread, and salad. My favorite meal.

0019. Twirling the spaghetti noodles on my fork. Challenging AND exciting.

0020. The zoo. Any zoo.

0021. Snake plants and spider plants. I don’t know what their official names are, but pretty much any house plant that can survive without water for a long period of time is my friend.

0022. Old playgrounds with extremely dangerous and unique equipment. Sure, you might break your arm, but spinning tetertotters shaped like giraffes make it so worth it, right?

0023. My two year old, who gives loud, smacking kisses emphasised with a “MWAH!” and mutters “I can do it” under his breath as he goes through his day, tackling tall chairs and impossibly high light switches.

0024. Babies who proudly display bits of rice puffs on their chin while eating. A rice puff goatee never goes out of style.

0025. Family stories you have heard told a million times (“the day you were born…”).

0026. Family stories you have heard for the first time (“You had an Uncle named Tack…”).

0027. People who name their son “Tack”.

0028. Explaining why snails are slimy. I don’t know exactly why. The fact is God made them slimy for His own pleasure, and I like to think he had a good laugh about it. I would actually like snails, with their searching, blind-looking antennae and their easy to grasp, non-slimy shells. But, they eat my flowers, so…they don’t make the list.

0029. Snails. I changed my mind, they make the list. I’m thankful to have a complex love/hate relationship with snails…it’s those little things that make life rich and full.

0030. The smell of clay. It smells like deep earth and Tolkien waters. I feel close to hobbits when I smell it.

0031. Spellcheck. Even though it tries to embarrass me by ignoring the fact that I wrote ‘worm’ instead of ‘warm’.

0032. Typewriters. They smell like oil and ink, their rhythmic sound is comforting and thrilling, and they get nice and warm after being on for a time. They used to be mundane, but now they are rare, like rotary phones. Also, they don’t have spell check, so you can only blame yourself for spelling errors and mistypes. Accountability!

0033. Rotary phones. You could stick a crayon in the holes to dial, they made a nice whirring sound to confirm your intentions, and the cord was fun to wrap around your fingers.

0034. Messages in bottles. When I was young, I truly believed there was one on every beach. Let’s all throw one out to sea this week!

“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow” James 1:17

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14 thoughts on “I Speak Gratitude Better than Spanish!

  1. Oh, JoAnn, not only do I love the title of this post, but I just love the list. I have smiled, laughed, and feel so blessed.
    Keep on encouraging as others encourage you, sweet girl.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda


  2. I love the idea of “speaking gratitude.” I'm going to mention that on my list next week. I SO miss rotary phones (I just told my husband the other day that I want one.) and typewriters. And I love #23.


  3. Alexis, this is what I was up to while you were watching Breakfast at Tiffany's and snoozing :), Jenny, I probably got the idea from someone else, but if I did I honestly don't remember who. Feel free to use it.
    Thanks for the encouraging words linda. Becca, too sweet. Love you!


  4. ditto to all who have posted!
    I guess this is the quickest way of getting to know someone when we are busy being mommies…it's like a nice, long chat with no interruptions:)


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