Little Stuff Is Big …Gina’s Favorites
by Gina Valley
Happy Thanksgiving! Blessings to you and yours.
Giggle along with this timely Gina’s Favorites post.
Little Stuff Is Big
We’re all thankful for the big stuff.
Our Savior, our family, our friends, our home, enough food and clothing, our pets, our jobs, laughter.
I’m thankful for all of those.
I’m thankful for you, the one reading this. I’m thankful you choose to spend time with me. I’m thankful for the opportunity to share my life and smiles and giggles with you.
But, what about the other stuff? The little stuff? The stupid stuff?
Those everyday-makes-life-work things?
Here, in no particular order, are 25ish stupid things I’m thankful for. I hope they lift you if you’re flying low today, and broaden your smile if you are already grinning.
Electricity – oh wondrous power-er of our air conditioners, refrigerators, internet, and ice cream freezers.
Indoor, functioning plumbing – I refuse to imagine life without this. I have a hair-trigger gag reflex.
Clothes washing machine and bleach- without these I wouldn’t be able to be close to my children.
Clothes dryer – Hanging clothes is the pits, wearing them wet causes chafing. Chafing is bad.
I’m thankful for my hair lady. She’s amazing. I feel like a new person after she works her magic. Granted, no one in my family even notices that anything was done, but I still fill renewed.
Berries – black, blue, straw – I love them! A raspberry with an m&m stuck inside is so awesome.
Hot showers – Ahhh!
Deodorant – mine, yours, everyone’s – I don’t think I would have survived being near other people during colonial times.
Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouth wash and all those that use them – I would not have done well with pre-brush methods. Something about using a rag or twig to wipe off my teeth seems a bit unappealing. And, if I go to bed without flossing, I have nightmares.
Our fuzzy family members and their example of unconditional love.
Our non-fuzzy pets and their reminder that not everything is about with me.
Paper plates – Truly a gift from God. Enough said.
Fancy, porcelain dishes and a vase full of fresh flowers – I love how they look on the table and how special they make my guests feel.
Vehicles that start on the first try and a transmission with a working reverse.
Card games, board games, and silly made up games – they are family glue and laugh factories.
My mattress – it’s the most comfortable one in the world. I wish we spent more time together.
Paper – and pens and writing and reading – I love the feel of it in my hands.
Texting – I text therefore I am. It lets my teens tell me things they would likely never tell me otherwise. I get tons of “I love you” thanks to the texting that I don’t think I would hear without it. I got a “This class makes me yearn for death,” and a “I forgot my shoes,” too, which weren’t quite as poignant but were a lot of fun.
Car charger for my cell phone – because I can always use a charge.
Chocolate- calmer of my soul and oft protector of the lives of my family members.
The lock on my bathroom door
Every, single sunset – sign that I have survived, possibly even triumphed over, another day.
High heels and how confident they make me feel.
The camera on my cell phone because the regular camera is never there (or always full) when the most Kodak-y moments happen.
Sleep – rare, deep, healing sleep.
Great, loud music
And, of course, getting to Laugh Out Loud with you!
Blessings to you and yours as you show your thankfulness for all that you are and have by sharing with all whom you know and all whom you meet and all whom you can help.
What are some of the little things you are thankful for? Shoot me a comment. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.Photos courtesy of Stock.xchng – Used with permission.