The Cool Kids

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Thanksgiving comes early..

Okay, so the big Turkey Day doesn't come until the end of November. I get that. I also get that today is actually Halloween. Here in Utah, it has become custom to celebrate major holidays on Saturdays when they fall on Sundays. I don't always agree, but since we are the ones who moved here, we follow the rules :)

The title of the post is what is important today. I'm thankful. For so many things. For so many people. Lately though, a few people have come through and reminded me exactly how blessed I am. I started this blog to show some of the things that we've improved in the house. Today, I want to thank a few people for improving my world. Not to embarrass them, I'll simply tell you a little about a few of them...

A genuine THANK YOU to-

1. My amazing next door neighbor, K.  Our youngest is being home-schooled. Realizing he wouldn't have a class party or school parade to attend, she invited him to a Halloween party she was throwing for her day-care children. This is the same woman who lets our baby have "recess" and after-school playtime at her house. An angel who absolutely didn't have to include him, but did. He had a blast.

2. A parent of two of my students. This mom, L., came to our house to "Boo!" us. For those of you not familiar, getting "booed" is a neighborhood game where essentially, you doorbell ditch someone and leave secret treats. I'm grateful that even though she doesn't live in my neighborhood (not even close), she knew how much it would mean to our boys....

3. More than a couple of girlfriends listened to me rant and rave over some family problems I experienced this last week. For that, and helping me feel like I was normal (whatever that is..), I sincerely thank you.

4. That man of mine. I can't put into words how that guy comes through for me. Over and over. It's ridiculous how patient, supportive and genuinely kind he is.

5. The man's Grandma. She passed away over two years ago, but let me tell you something. Every time I would complain about something going wrong in our renovations, every time I'd plop myself on the sofa and feel like things weren't going right....I'd stare at this pumpkin tin. She made it during one of her crafty classes in the retirement home. Just look at that thing. I love it. It's now one of my favorite possessions because it reminds me of her and how kind she always was to me, even when I didn't deserve it. This woman lived fully, simply and happily. She and the others remind me that being kind can make all the difference in the world to someone. Who could ask for anything more?

So it's just a short list. Not nearly complete. But there are so many times I feel like one of those puzzle pieces that just doesn't quite fit in anywhere. You know, the one you have to kind of sand or bend so it will fit? Well that takes work. These people took that time, and for that, I'm so very thankful.

Happy Halloween, friends. May you find many blessings today.


  1. People like Grandma make life wonderful. I hope your Thanksgiving is full of blessings.

  2. I agree, Krystine. Congratulations again to Tanner on his placement. You must be so proud :)

  3. I'm glad you're writing again, Shel. You've got a way with words and this really witty, wonderful narrative voice that is just all kinds of fun to read. It was nice to come out of "Dolly" land and the constant, chaotic, ridiculous energy of teenagers, take a deep breath and read something grown-up. Thank you.


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