No pondering needed

Gratitude List 11/03/2018

It’s Mother’s Day – a day when the subject of my gratitude list needs no pondering.

Today I am eternally grateful for….

The time I had with her and the relationship we had.

Her love and kindness. Wow, she had sooooo much to offer. It’s quite overwhelming when I think about it. She loved her family so much…. I can actually still feel it now.

Her tolerance and forgiveness. What an incredibly strong person.

The role model she was and continues to be. I see her strengths in me and for that I am truly grateful. I have her nose too!

The fact she made ‘Sunday Roasts’ on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays too! And I used to complain!

Her cuddles. In my mid-late twenties I was still at child at heart and still loved a cuddle. My poor mum!

The fond memories I have. Some real beautiful moments. I can still see her smile.

That her memory still brings our family together. Not just today. Everyday. She’s still the glue that bonds us together.

That I still feel my mum’s presence. Around me and within me.

Blankets, Duvets and Pillows

Gratitude List 10/03/2018

As I watch my daughter and her friend make camp in our living room with blankets, duvets and pillows, I am reminded of my childhood. Especially the early years when such things brought me so much joy. Although, I’ve yet to see my daughter hop, skip and jump from pillow to pillow avoiding the lava below! This I will have to rectify! πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘So, today I am grateful for the memory of….

Those camps in the living room which were surrounded by a pit of lava!

My younger brother for partaking with the same level of enthusiasm. My elder sisters and mum for helping to set up, take down and tidy away.

The park at the back of our garden. During the holidays I think I played football there with a large group of friends every single day!

Having made so many friends in the area. Some of which I still see today.

My mum’s bread pudding, daily roast dinners, chocolate and cherry gΓ’teux and eggy bread.

All the big family holidays to Cornwall. Felt like we went there every year and I think we stayed in every Cornish town 😊

I think it was officially called Stock Car Racing but I will always know it as Banger Racing!!! Great fun and very fond memories of my Dad.

My red BMX. I can picture it so vividly. Funny how I can’t remember the skateboard which led me to breaking my arm!

My Primary School – my friends, the teachers (the nice ones and the strict one), the caretaker, the girl who brought Hubba Bubba for everyone, the trips, the lifts in, the walks home, …. kiss chase!

I really could go on and on with this list but I will stop with this one….

How can I not include The Karate Kid, The Goonies, Star Wars, Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones, Weird Science, Jason And The Argonauts, Jaws, Teen Wolf, Back to the Future, and not forgetting unforgettable TV shows like Thundercats, He-Man, Dungeons and Dragons, Mr Ben, Button Moon… I better stop haha!

What childhood memories are you grateful for?

Been there, done that, got the badge

Gratitude List 09/03/2018

Today I am grateful for Charlie.

To have someone to go to.

His knowledge, experience and wisdom.

To be able share anything with him and receive zero judgement in return.

His availability.

The fact he’s been there, done that, got the badge.

His motivation, inspiration and subtle ways of kicking me up the ass!

The hope and change that has come my way.

His guidance and gentle nudges in the right direction.

The knowledge that I don’t have to do this on my own.

His calmness.

Lollipop

Gratitude List 08/03/2018

Today my gratitude goes to the lollipop lady for bringing about a smile to my miserable face this morning. I pass this lady once or twice a week on my way back from dropping my kids off to school. I awoke this morning with resentment, fear and a distinct lack of serenity and happiness, even my daughter struggled to get me to smile. This lady and her lollipop stick causes traffic every single day of the working week, yet there is something about her. I am not a particularly patient driver but I never resent her for it. She has a positive, peaceful and happy aura. A halo over her head. So in the midst of self pity this lady instantly put a smile on my face and may have completely changed the direction of my day. As a result of this new path, I have done an inventory, some written work and now my gratitude list. Albeit a long winded list of just one – she deserves it.

Still going 😊

Gratitude List 07/03/2018

At the age of 40 I woke up this morning and still possess many of the things I was born with. Yes, my innocence has been tainted, my worries have multiplied at a rapid rate and I have lost the very person that brought me into this world. But I still have so much…..

My sight, my hearing, my sense of smell, taste and touch

My arms, hands, legs, feet – my movements

My freedom

Somewhere to live – security, safety

Being loved and cared for

My dad, my sisters, my brother

My mum’s presence

My breath, my pulse, my life

My place in this universe