Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Be thankful

I'm still in the process of cleaning out drawers and closets. I keep coming across endless scraps of paper, and newspaper clippings that once held meaning. Sometimes I'll come across a magazine and wonder why I kept it, even more puzzling when there are stickers marking a page. Did I really want that recipe for clam chutney? Do I still have a desire to decorate a bedroom in blue chintz?

But this little piece struck my fancy. I can't reference it, but I think it originated with Ann Landers.

Things to be Thankful For

Be thankful for the clothes that fit a little too snugly, 
because it means you have enough to eat.
Be thankful for the mess you clean up after a party, 
because it means you have been surrounded by friends.
Be thankful for the taxes you pay, 
because it means you're employed.
Be thankful that your lawn needs mowing 
and your windows need fixing, 
because it means you have a home.
Be thankful for your heating bill, 
because it means you are warm.
Be thankful for the luandry, 
because it means you have clothes to wear.
Be thankful for the space you find at the far end of the parking lot, 
because it means you can walk.
Be thankful for the lady who singes off-key behind you in church, 
because it means you can hear.
Be thankful when people complain about the government, 
because it means we have freedom of speech.
Be thankful for the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours, 
because it means you're alive.

My sister has another version of this poem. It's more succinct.  Would you like to hear it?


Here goes:

No whining on the yacht.

They're both pretty good.


Linda G. said...

Ha! Love them both.

Debby said...

I actually adore 'No whining on the yacht.' Your sister is a genius.

Must be genetic.

A Novel Woman said...

Don't tell her that. She reads this. Not sure if she is the one who came up with it, either. Yutha?

Yutha said...

Sounds like me....I'll take the credit. Especially if the word "genius" is being tossed around!

A Novel Woman said...

What did I tell you?

Deniz Bevan said...

Only wine-ing allowed on the yacht [bg]