It has been a rather uneventful week. Busy at work, doing things to get stronger, and trying to get my garden started during the very rare moments of sun and warmth. But thinking about what has been in the news lately, I have had much to be thankful for.
1. I do not live where there are tornadoes. Tornadoes and earthquakes have got to be the scariest weather things to experience. We deal with snow and occasional flooding. I will take snow any time over tornadoes.
2. I can afford to eat healthy. Martha and I have been changing our diet which includes many more fruits and vegetables. My grocery bills have gone up. There was a time in my life when I survived on ramen noodles and macaroni and cheese. Having a hot dog was considered a “roast”. Healthy foods are more expensive than cheap carbs. I will never forget where I came from and I am very aware now blessed I am now.
3. That the federal government is starting to seriously look at sexual assault on college campuses. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/02/us/politics/us-lists-colleges-under-inquiry-over-sex-assault-cases.html The university campus where I was attacked is one of the top 55 institutions being investigated. This is long overdue. And on the flip side, I am immensely grateful for the immediate and appropriate response from Beaner’s college when she was assaulted.
4. And while I do worry about my daughters safety on their college campuses, I generally do not worry about them being kidnapped and sold to sex traffickers. I cannot begin to imagine what the families of those Nigerian girls are going through. I feel impotent on this but have contacted my US senators hoping that our government can help. I am oh so grateful to live in a country where girls are free to pursue an education.
5. Lastly, and still my biggest point of gratitude these days - health and healthcare. Both for physical and emotional problems, I have been taken care of by incredibly caring and professional people. For the first time in a very long time I feel on the brink of wholeness. To whatever force or energy I owe that to - “thank you”.