Things that Make Me Smile


It was a hard morning. I woke up with a stuffy head, post nasal drip from a sinus infection dripped down the back of my throat. My attempts to remove it nearly caused me to hork each time. I readied myself for work slowly, cause that’s all I could do. I am grateful for my job. Being new-ish.. just passed my 90 days… I could not call in sick on a holiday. That would look entirely suspicious. It’s the first Thanksgiving in 8 years that I’ve had to be away from my wife. Not being a drama queen… I’m grateful. I know that there are so many couples that have differing work schedules and don’t get to spend holidays together. We used to be one of those couples.  I knew when I accepted this position that the deli is not closed on holidays. So it goes without saying that I would be expected to work them along side my coworkers. 🙂 Luckily my managers are awesome and upon seeing how bad I was feeling sent me home early and told me not to come back until I was feeling better. Again.. grateful. Lucky. I came home to my wife who had not only single handedly cooked Thanksgiving dinner, but who also installed a new bathroom floor while dinner was cooking.  I managed to set the table and put away dishes.  I kept her company as she worked. Grateful… we always pick up the slack when time and well being permits. On my way to work Thanksgiving morning I listened to a new cd… Adele 25. When I exited the freeway and stopped at the light there were a slew of bicyclists that whizzed in front of me. A huge smile beamed across my face. Despite how I was feeling.. it was so cool to see the cyclists out riding.. having fun..doing something… on Thanksgiving day.  Bright colors and wheels spinning…. just made me smile.  I can’t explain it really… it just was. I am glad no matter what I can still find happiness in simple things.  I had a lovely Thanksgiving dinner with good friends and family, and I will sleep well knowing my managers have my back and I will have time to heal. I may not feel well tomorrow still, but always I am grateful for the gifts in my life. What are you grateful for? What makes you smile. Happy Thanksgiving. xo

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