Beyond Thankful

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My daughter recently landed a small solo part in her school’s upcoming Winter showcase.  It is all of about 10 seconds of singing but she is practicing as if she is going to sing in front of a crowd in Washington D.C.  Mahalia Jackson style.

I totally get it.

When I was just about her age, I secured my own little spot in my school’s Thanksgiving program.  We sang  Hap Palmer’s “Things I’m Thankful For”. I’ve highlighted my part. 🙂

There are many things I’m thankful for
I can find them near and far
There are many things I’m thankful for
Let me tell you what they are

I am thankful for the earth
I am thankful for the sea
I am thankful for my friends
And I’m thankful to be me

There are many things I’m thankful for
I can find them near and far
There are many things I’m thankful for
Let me tell you what they are

I’m thankful for the sun
I am thankful for each tree
I am thankful for my home
I am thankful to be me

There are many things I’m thankful for
I can find them near and far
There are many things I’m thankful for
Let me tell you what they are

I am thankful for my food
I am thankful to be free
I am thankful for the stars
And I’m thankful to be me

Yes. That’s right. I had one line. But I couldn’t have been prouder.

Every Thanksgiving since then that song rings in my head and actually reminds me of my blessings.  I have the most amazing friends that function as family for me.  I am so very thankful for my home and my hubster and kiddos who share it with me. My sister has tries her best to fill our mother’s shoes on Thanksgiving ( I try too but she’s better at it) and my love her for her grows every year.  I am thankful for the Earth, the Sun, the stars and the trees; pure evidence of God’s love.  I am thankful for my freedom and those who fight/fought on my behalf.

Most of all, I am thankful to be me.  Imperfect, quirky, flawed me. Just the way God created me to be. Turning 40 brought a liberation that I was not prepared for and I bask in it!

Don’t get me wrong, I continue to be a work in progress… never-ending growth mode over here!

But I can finally say that I am my own best friend (thanks for that Beyoncé’).

And that feels, well, real nice.

Speaking of Mahalia Jackson, if you’ve never heard her sing Amazing Grace. Take a moment and receive her gift to the world.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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