It’s time for gratitudes once again. I just deleted two paragraphs of complaining. No more. This is one of the few situations where I believe in faking emotion. Complaining is selfish, and selfishness breeds selfishness. I will be grateful until I feel grateful.
1. I am so, incredibly, monumentally grateful for good parents who taught us respect and good manners. It’s not a small thing. It’s a big, important thing. I am so lucky. I do not remember being coached to say, “Yes, please,” and “No, thank you.” I do not remember being directed to apologize. I vaguely remember being required to say, “May I please be excused?” after a meal. I think my virtually nonexistent recollection proves that it is not a fake-ish thing, to train children to display good manners. Training them to say thank you as a child turns them into adults who display genuine gratitude to others.
I hope. If I have poor manners, I hope my mother will still point it out!
(I do remember being taught to make the bed after sleeping at someone else’s house. I remember making the bed after sleeping over at friends’ houses in elementary school. I’m pretty sure we were even told to make the bed at hotels. I feel quite uncomfortable leaving a hotel room without at least pulling up the covers and straightening the pillows.)
2. I am grateful for the years and years spent playing piano and clarinet. I wouldn’t be who I am without those hours of practice.
3. I am grateful for Youtube, and people who don’t mind live videos recorded from the audience of their concerts to be available on Youtube. 🙂
4. I am grateful for quinoa!
5. I am grateful for the pup sleeping in the next room….
…and as a bonus gratitude for the evening…
6. I am grateful for things that make me more grateful for my dog! Never underestimate the joy and comfort of a pet! 🙂