Thursday, March 01, 2007

Happy Things

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. =)

26 comments:

Joshua Minton said...

It's funny--I just had an e-mail conversation with the guy who made Stone Reader about this. The subject of the film was an Iowa U Writer's Workshop grad from the late 60s who wrote a great first novel that was well reviewed and then disappeared from the face of the earth. Turns out, he put so much into writing the book that it drove him mad for a time and he gave up writing altogether.

I had a choice to make at the end of my BFA, whether to take five years and write that great American novel, forgoeing all relationships in my life to pour all my energy into a work of art or to settle down and allocate that creativity into a relationship with a woman that would build a family.

I chose the family and I am thankful every day that I made that choice. I'm still writing that novel and it may take me ten years instead of five but it was hands down the best decision of my life.

DanStrohschein said...

I'm happy that I have a understanding, patient and loving wife who not only supports my writing career, but helps me to market it as well. I'm happy that my writing career is moving faster than I ever thought it would. I'm happy, that I'm still alive, and still allowed to write.

Kim said...

Argh!!! Blogger ate my comment!

Oy.

Here goes - I'm thankful that my mom is still around, and I continually remind her to ASK HER QUESTIONS about her younger days (after all, she is a child of the 60s hee hee).

I'm also thankful that I've been married to my best friend for ten years this June (a total of 13 years altogether, yikes!). He still makes me laugh harder than anyone I've ever met and he's a kid trapped inside the body of a man.

But most of all, I'm thankful (hallmark card-y enough yet?) for my two precious, beautiful, and most of all, HEALTHY children. I'd be absolutely lost without them!

And lastly, I'll be utterly thankful if blogger doesn't eat THIS comment :)

Kim said...

Um - my comment was supposed to read

I constantly tell my daughter to ask my mother about her younger days. The sentence makes sooo much more sense that way.

oops.

Demon Hunter said...

I am thankful for my both my parents and my brother, but especially my Mom who really supports my writing. I am thankful for the wonderful man in my life. I am thankful that I was able to see my grandmother a few hours before she passed away. And I thank God for all of it, as well as my wonderful ability to express myself with the written word!

BookChick said...

I'm just thankful for the opportunity to walk this great earth and for the love and support of my family and of course for books and the desire to try and give it a go at this writing thing.

Bernita said...

That my husband is still alive, after heart attacks, diabetes, asthma, a quadrouple by-pass,and recently, pneumonia.
That my children are bright and happy.
And for my computer and the internet and industry people who blog.

The Beautiful Schoolmarm said...

I almost laughed out loud because last night I told my husband, "Life is nearly perfect tonight."

We have a beautiful, healthy baby girl (she's 4 1/2 months old now). I've recovered completely from nearly bleeding to death after the birth. Hubby has just been hired for a job he's wanted for about 6 years. Our older daughter, who has been through a ton of heartache with her biological mother (Who is very manipulative) has been able to work through the denial and anger of that broken relationship. She's doing wonderfully in school and is taking responsibility for doing her homework without it turing into a massive fight every night. She is going to HS next year and we were so worried that she wouldn't be ready, but now, we think she can handle it.

We were all cuddled on the couch last night--the baby asleep, teen daughter doing math homework--watching American Idol.

Lauren said...

I'm thankful that, for the past few years, I've had a good eye for which opportunities to take and which to pass up. I'd like to say this talent comes with age and experience, but my mom, who's 60, still has a philosophy of "full-time job with benefits above all else!," whereas I've been able to toss that aside when I've seen fit. I took an overseas job that allowed me to see places that most people dream about seeing "someday." I got married. We'll soon be moving to a place where I've always wanted to live. I'm excited! And I'm pleased with myself that my foray into the Big Bad Post-College Adult World has exceeded all my expectations... and sometimes I'm a little surprised that I've spent these past few years making the life that I'd always wanted.

Julie Wright said...

I love that, Beautiful Schoolmarm, "Life is nearly perfect tonight."

Very nice.

And I'm going to agree. I'm grrateful for my husband of fifteen years. I'm grateful he understands the schizophrenia of my writing career. So many days I end staring at him in the dark as he sleeps and thinking, "Thank you, God."

The same goes for my three kiddos. They are a perfect completion to my life.

BernardL said...

Good health is a blessing, never to be taken for granted. I'm glad your Mom's hanging tough.

Marge said...

I'm thankful that my partner of 17 years is a cancer survivor. My writing slowed down quite a bit last year during the chemo and radiation, but who cares. Life is good.

Jeff Lyman said...

I am continually stunned, excited and thankful for my wife of five months. She's not a writer, and I was worried that most of my writing time would dry up. About half of it has, but I'm still writing. And you know what? It's okay. Writing less is a heck of a lot better than being lonely.

Jeff Lyman

Lori Perkins said...

I am thrilled that after 20 years, I still love what I do for a living, and that it provides me with this wonderful flexibility so that I can be there at impossible times (like this afternoon when I have to drive round-trip to Trenton, NJ) for my son who I have to pick up from his first robot-building competition.

M E Hunt said...

It's good to be reminded about what truly is important in life. Thanks Jenny and bloggers.

mehunt

Conduit said...

I don't normally go for things like this, but something happened this week that means I can't pass up the chance to mention it.

On Tuesday afternoon my Mother got official word that her cancer, which we were told was terminal, is in remission to the extent that the last set of scans can find no trace of it.

James Dashner said...

Definitely my wife and three kids (no, they don't read this blog). I absolutely can't believe my wife picked me, and all three of my kids are just perfect. I have to be the luckiest SOB on the planet.

And to top it all off, the fourth (and last) little Dashner will be here in one month.

Tess said...

I'm thankful for my dh and my in-laws, who've let us live with them while we're waiting to have our house built after a cross-country move :-)

And thankful for my cats, who provide so much amusement every day!

katiesandwich said...

Man, you guys know how to make a person cry!

I'm thankful for my husband and my kids, too. I don't deserve them. Every day I ask myself how I got so lucky to find someone who loves me in spite of everything that's wrong with me. (And there is a lot wrong with me!) Okay, that's all I'm going to say. I'm not good at this mushy stuff!

Ryan Field said...

I'm thankful for a lot of things, but like Jenny I'm also thankful my mother is still alive. She's also a two time cancer survivor; been through every chemo you could name, and has been cancer free for the past seven years.

kiwi said...

I'm grateful for people-centered philosophy--how ever popular it might be.

In the end, only kindness matters, so play it forward. Always play it forward.

Aimee said...

I'm thankful for tube socks, safety pins, and surgical tape:

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Nathalie Mallet said...

I’m thankful for my friends. They were there for me when I needed them most. And they continue to be there for me…and still love me even though they know all my flaws.

Jodi Meadows said...

I've thought about this, and mostly decided that I've been blessed with too many things to list. But here's a small bit:

I'm grateful for my life, my husband, family, (p)friends, writing, where I live, the freedom to practice whatever religion I want without fear, my cute pets, the fact that I'm mostly healthy and so are most of the people I love.
I'm grateful for all the things I usually take for granted: hot water, electricity, clean air, the internet, instant communication with my best friends who live nowhere near me.

I could go on, but I'm getting sappy, so I'll stop. :)

ChumleyK said...

A couple weeks ago we were informed that my husband was being sent on a ten month deployment to Iraq. Then it was cancelled the night before he was supposed to leave. Aside from all the wonderful things in my life to be thankful for, I was extra thankful for that!

Kelly Swails said...

I'm grateful that I've had seventeen years with my dad that I wouldn't have had if a 23-year-old's family decided not to donate their son's organs. I'm grateful for my husband, my kitties, and my parents. I'm grateful that I'm an American.