Some weeks as you head into Thankful Day, you're thinking you already know most of what you're going to be saying.
Then everything changes.
Yesterday morning, around 5:30 while i was getting ready for work, i got the text no one wants.
#2 Son and His Bride lost their little girl.
Our Daughter-in-Law was 20 weeks pregnant and they'd been in the doctor's office 3 days before, there were no problems.
She suddenly went into preterm labor and there was nothing anyone could have done at that point.
In the midst of grief, we are thankful His Bride was not in danger and has not suffered any physical effects besides the usual ones after a woman gives birth.
We're thankful Sweetie and i have room here at the house to store all of the baby things they'd already gathered or been given so she doesn't have to look at them.
We're thankful #2 Son's work and her school have given them 2 weeks of leave so they can begin to recover.
The other thankful things which had already been in the works to be counted were:
Last week, we left off with Slow-Moe in the garage. On Monday, we found out "nothing" was wrong, it behaved perfectly at the shop. Yesterday, it started again. We're thankful we can try again this week to find out what's happening with it.
Carl had Covid again, and i'm thankful this time he did not give it to his parents and he is already testing negative.
I'm thankful Bigger Girl was in town last Saturday at Grandma and Grandpa's and we got to see her.
Many of us are thankful Becca is still sleeping through the night. The reward system is working!
Kevin and Lenny are now paying us to clean their waiting room/office/kitchenette area once a month and i'm thankful the first cleaning went well, they seemed pleased.
We had extra volunteers at the shelter this week, which is always welcome.
We're thankful we ended the month with a positive balance in the checking account. It's been close, since Brother-In-Law needed money for the dentist and with not cleaning Carl's last week, it left us scrambling.
Agricultural Reform Day -- Sao Tome and Principe
Celtic Tree Month Gort begins (Ivy)
Day of Liberation of the Republic of Abkhazia -- Abkhazia (disputed territory on the Black Sea)
Do Something Wacky With A Grandparent Day -- just not the monkey bars, please; old bones don't knit fast enough; whatever you do, take some pictures!
Eleusinian Mysteries -- Ancient Greek Calendar (the Greater Mystery Rites, date approximate; mystery rites of Demeter and Persephone at Eleusis, one of the most sacred times of their year)
Independence Day -- Botswana
International Translation Day -- International Federation of Translators
Kokkeisetsu -- Chinatown, Yokohama, Japan (Chinese National Founding Day in the largest Chinatown in Japan; through tomorrow)
Medetrinalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (festival fruits offer to the goddess of medicine)
Monkey Bars Day -- a day to go see if you can still do tricks on the monkey bars, because the internet wants to kill us and let the machines that would never do anything so silly take over
Monkey King Festival -- China (a celebration of this popular character in East Asian stories, with the best place to see the rituals being the Monkey God Temple at Po Tat Estate in Sau Mau Ping, Kowloon)
National Hot Mulled Cider Day
National Mud Pack Day -- give yourself a facial
Qatar Prix L'arc de Triomphe -- Longchamp Race-course, Paris, France (one of the world's greatest horse races, first run in 1920; celebrations and events through tomorrow)
St. Gregory the Enlightener (or Illuminator; Patron of Armenia)
St. Jerome's Day (Patron of archaeologists, archivists, Biblical scholars, librarians, libraries, school children, students, translators; Saint-Jerome, Quebec)
also an Apache celebration of Geronimo, the Native American who was named after this saint
Sukkot -- Judaism (begins at sundown, through sundown Oct. 7)
Truth and Reconciliation Day -- Canada
Haleakala National Park is established in Maui, Hawaii, 1960
Dominique Moceanu, 1981
Marion Cotillard, 1975
Jenna Elfman, 1971
Crystal Bernard, 1964
Eric Stoltz, 1961
Fran Drescher, 1957
Deborah Allen, 1953
Victoria Tennant, 1953
Marilyn McCoo, 1943
Z.Z. Hill, 1935
Johnny Mathis, 1935
Angie Dickinson, 1931
Elie Wiesel, 1928
W. S. Merwin, 1927
Truman Capote, 1924
Deborah Kerr, 1921
Buddy Rich, 1917
William Wrigley, Jr., 1861
Millie's Book: As Dictated to Barbara Bush(Publication date), 1990
"Murder, She Wrote"(TV), 1984
"Love Child"(Single release), 1968
"The Flintstones"(TV), 1960
"Tea and Sympathy"(Play), 1953
"The Red Skelton show"(TV), 1951
"Porgy and Bess"(Opera), 1935
Little Women(Publication date), 1868
"Les pecheurs de perles/The Pearl Fishers"(Bizet opera), 1863
"Die Zauberflote/The Magic Flute"(Mozart opera, K. 620), 1791
The Gutenberg Bible(first section, publication date), 1452
Today in History:
Rambam (Maimonides) authorizes Samuel Ibn Tibbon to translate the Guide of the Perplexed from Arabic into Hebrew, 1199
Anesthetic ether is used for the first time by Dr. William Morton, who extracted a tooth, 1846
German scientist Hermann von Meyer announces the discovery of the first fossil of an archaeopteryx, 1861
The first Portuguese immigrants arrive in Hawai'i, 1878
The world's first commercial hydroelectric power plant begins operation on the Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin, United States, 1882
Hubert Cecil Booth patents the vacuum cleaner, 1901
The first manned rocket plane flight, made by auto maker Fritz von Opel, 1929
The Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Yemen join the United Nations, 1947
The World Series, featuring the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers, is televised for the first time, 1947
The U.S. Navy submarine USS Nautilus is commissioned as the world's first nuclear reactor powered vessel, 1954
James Dean is killed in a road accident, 1955
Mexican-American labor leader César Chávez founds the United Farm Workers, 1962
James Meredith enters the University of Mississippi, defying segregation, 1962
General Suharto rises to power in Indonesia after an alleged coup by communists, and massacres over a million Indonesian people suspected of belonging to the Communist Party, 1965
BBC Radio 1 is launched and Tony Blackburn presents its first show, 1967
Ethernet specifications are published by Xerox working with Intel and Digital Equipment Corporation, 1980
The Dalai Lama unveils the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights in Canada's capital city of Ottawa, 1990
The first images of a live giant squid in its natural habitat are taken 600 miles south of Tokyo, 2004
The controversial drawings of Muhammad are printed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, 2005
A case of Ebola virus is diagnosed in Dallas, Texas, US, 2014
A 315-billion-ton iceberg named D28 calves from the Amery ice shelf, Antarctica, 2019
Canada observes its first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, honoring victims and survivors of residential schools for indigenous children, 2021
Land, including the world's oldest living rainforest, Daintree National Park, is returned to the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people in Far North Queensland, Australia, 2021