kiwi, one of the most faithful readers and commentors on this blog has requested that I do an open thread that's the reverse of the Regrets one. Basically, what things people are happy about. Some people call them blessings, but to me, they are just the happy things that make me thankful that I am alive.
The game: Post something that you are thankful for, which makes you happy in your life.
My answer: I am thankful and happy that my mother is alive. She's been ill for most of my life, since 1990, and I give her a tremendous amount of credit. She's survived cancer twice (two different types), broken her hip, and had many, many other medically necessary surgeries. She was in the hospital for ten and a half months from December 2003 to October 2004, part of that time spent in a medically-induced coma in the ICU. She is a fighter, to her very core, and I am immensely proud of her. Her health is at a relatively good point now, she's still young (only 55), and I'm looking forward to having her around for many, many more years to come. =)