There are times and seasons when it’s not quite as easy to be thankful. That’s when you look harder for the silver linings.
My children grew up with Red-headed Alec as both a friend and a brother. His biological mother had many problems, so his grandmother adopted him and his sisters.
Life with his grandmother was often not easy, and when there was trouble, he would move in with us. He lived with us for months, and sometimes years, at a time. He calls me mom, and i consider him my “foster son” and his little boy Lee to be my first grandchild (he calls me Gigi).
In the past few years, he and his sisters have reconciled with both his grandmother and his mother. His mom, Ms. W, has been in their lives regularly.
Last week, Ms. W passed away from some of her underlying health complications. Things have been hitting the fan ever since in that family (ex family members stealing, a fiancé locking them out of the house, etc.).
Alec has been over here twice, and i’ve been thankful that he has someone outside his family to talk to.
When his sister’s cat got ill during all the madness, i’m thankful i was able to arrange for health care for the cat with Dr. Bea, and lend them a carrier big enough to hold it. (Anubis is a huge cat, as big as Mikey was.)
They’ve decided on a private memorial for the family, and i am the only person who is not related by blood or marriage who is being invited to the service today (Ms. W considered me her “co-mom” and therefore family).
A Saturday service has complications for me, so i’m thankful i was able to move clients around and still get to everyone.
Grandma and Grandpa let me come on Friday instead of Saturday, for which i am thankful.
Did i mention Lunceford the Land Yacht landed back in the car hospital? Kevin and Lenny, thankfully, had things well in hand so i didn’t miss any work having to deal with the car. Also, both The Big Boss and Sweetie’s best friend came and got him when he couldn’t get to them, and i’m thankful.
By the end of Thursday, i’d gotten all my pay, including from the client who ran out of checks and the one who wasn’t home, all the bills have stayed on time and we’re always thankful for that.
Friday afternoon, on my way home, there was an accident on the freeway which slowed traffic to a crawl and reminded me to be thankful for a safe trip.
Thankfully Sweetie covered the cat shelter for me Friday evening, since the traffic made sure there was no way i was getting back into town early enough.
Today is a sad day, yet i am thankful i was able to free the day up to attend to nothing but being there for Alec.
Hold your loved ones close today and tell them how much you love them, you’ll be thankful you did.
Answer Your Cat's Questions Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays; meditate on what your cat's question might be, then answer it
Celebration of Life Day
Come in From the Cold Day -- somebody at an ecard company decided today would be a good day to do that
Day of Unity and Liberty of Ukraine -- Ukraine
Dia de la Fundacion del Estado Pluinacional de Bolivia -- Bolivia
National Blonde Brownie Day -- i thought these were just called "blondies."
Polka Dot Day -- looking up why they are called "polka dots" gives lots of stories, but no concrete evidence; they were probably named after the dance craze that became fashionable around the same time the pattern appeared
St. Vincent of Zaragoza's Day (Spanish martyr and Patron of vine dressers, vinegar makers, vintners; Lisbon, Portugal; Portugal; vicenza, Italy; Vilamalla, Catalonia, Spain)
a sunny day today indicates a good wine crop next season
Wakakusa Yamayaki -- Nara, Japan (Grass Burning on Mt. Wakakusayama, and fireworks; an annual New Year tradition)
Christopher Masterson, 1980
Balthazar Getty, 1975
Olivia D'Abo, 1967
Steven Adler, 1965
Diane Lane, 1965
Michael Kelland Hutchence, 1960
Linda Blair, 1959
Steve Perry, 1949
John Hurt, 1940
Joseph Wambaugh, 1937
Seymour Cassel, 1937
Sam Cooke, 1935
Bill Bixby, 1934
Piper Laurie, 1932
Ann Sothern, 1909
Robert E. Howard, 1906
George Balanchine, 1904
Rosa Melba Ponselle, 1897
D.W. Griffith, 1875
Grigori Rasputin, 1869
August Strindberg, 1849
Richard Upjohn, 1802
Nat Turner, 1800
Lord Byron, 1788
Andre Ampère, 1775
Sir Francis Bacon, 1561
"Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In"(TV), 1968
"The Crucible"(Miller play), 1953
"Our Town"(Wilder play), 1938
"Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District"(Opera; Shostakovich Op.29), 1934
Today in History:
The first contingent of Swiss Guards arrive at the Vatican, 1506
Postal service between NYC and Boston is inaugurated, 1673
The Native American Iroquois tribes renew their allegiance to the British against the French, 1690
Spain ceded the Falkland Islands to Britain, 1771
A severe earthquake in southern Syria kills thousands, 1837
The Zulus attack the British Army camp in Isandhlwana, South Africa, 1879
The Ancient Egyptian obelisk "Cleopatra's Needle" is erected in Central Park, 1881
After 63 years, England stops the sale of Queen Victoria postage stamps series and begins King Edward VII series, 1901
First live radio commentary of a football match anywhere in the world, between Arsenal F.C. and Sheffield United at Highbury, 1927
KTLA, the first commercial television station west of the Mississippi River, begins operation in Hollywood, California, 1947
Apollo 5 lifts off carrying the first Lunar module into space, 1968
The Boeing 747, the world's first "jumbo jet", enters commercial service, 1970
The Singapore Declaration, one of the two most important documents to the uncodified constitution of the Commonwealth of Nations, is issued, 1971
The Apple Macintosh, the first consumer computer to popularize the computer mouse and the graphical user interface, is introduced during Super Bowl XVIII with its famous "1984" television commercial, 1984
Robert Tappan Morris, Jr. is convicted of releasing the 1988 Internet Computer worm, 1990
Kmart becomes the largest retailer in United States history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, 2002
Evo Morales is inaugurated as President of Bolivia, becoming the country's first indigenous president, 2006
Water vapour is detected on the dwarf planet Ceres, 2014
Winter storm conditions strand 500 motorists for 24 hours on the New Jersey turnpike in Pennsylvania, 2016
Netflix becomes the largest digital media and entertainment company in the world worth $100 billion, 2018