That Beaner did the impossible and got herself out of a miserable required internship that had us all worried about her, and into a great one, close to home, that is very hard work but that she is really enjoying.
That Peachie, who has to do a clinical internship next semester, was offered one at Johns Hopkins. I don’t know if she will take it but to see this kid who had a speech impediment and a learning disability and struggled so much academically when she was young, challenge herself and succeed, in the sciences no less, is just amazing to me.
That Martha has been asked to coach our school’s girl’s JV basketball team. I am grateful because it means she will have to give up her role as director, coach, concession stand overseer, and everything else doer for the youth basketball program she currently runs. It’s a great program and she has made such a difference for a lot of girls who have very little positive in their lives. But she took on too much - mostly because no one helps anymore. I think this new job will be much less time and pressure. (I could be wrong.) And she is very happy about it.
So this week’s gratitude is centered around my family. Not so much just pride in them but in the knowing that they have the skills to find their way. I have to admit that knowing I have a high probability of cancer recurrence has given me a pointed sense of my own mortality. Not in a morbid way, but in the sense that one worries about the future well being of their loved ones. And I am extremely grateful to have lived long enough to see my daughters into adulthood and to know that they are capable of making their own opportunities and happiness.