Today is our Canadian Thanksgiving. I know, it’s early but that’s how it has always been. We don’t have stories of Pilgrims and Indians either. Just a day when we don’t have to go to work and we get to sit back and reflect on what we are thankful for. So, what am I thankful for?
1. A day off for me and my husband. We get an extra day to spend as the four of us. Their aren’t enough of them as far as I’m concerned. I wish everyone got the same holidays as teachers. Then maybe my holidays would feel more like holidays. Oh and turkey…I love turkey…and pumpkin desserts…yum. This year I cooked this and this (so yummy)!
2. Stinkerbelle’s sense of humor. This kid is nuts…but in a great way. There isn’t a day where she doesn’t manage to get a full out laugh from anyone listening. Yesterday, she was playing hide and go seek with her brother and he had crawled between the couch and the wall. She eventually looked back there, but on the opposite side from where his head was facing. She then proudly exclaimed, “I found his bum!”
3. My boy and the amazing little man he is growing up to become. I had always heard about little boys and how they are so rough and tumble and hyper. I wasn’t ready for that when I found out I was having a boy. Don’t get me wrong. He has his moments where he is really that stereotypical boys boy. However, he also has a lot of quiet moments that I’m so thankful to see. He loves to sit and color, read, do crafts. All of those things that people told me little girls were more likely to do. He will even entertain himself by playing quietly with his cars or toys if the situation calls for it. I think these skills are going to really be an advantage for him, especially in school. He is a good kid and has struck such a great balance.
4. My husband. He really is my best friend. 7 years together now and we’re still trying. That’s what marriage is, I figure. Friendship + effort. It would be easy to just coast through and become nothing more than roommates. Especially with two kids, one of whom doesn’t sleep. But, we are still talking, still trying and still so in love. It’s not perfect, but what is? Plus, he lets me sleep in at least once a weekend!
5. My parents. They have literally saved my sanity. I mean, can you say free babysitting people? That right there is priceless. But it is so much more than that. My kids basically won the grandparent lottery. There is nothing they don’t do to be a part of their lives. They are also still great parents to me. There are no two people on the planet that give me more support than they do. Oh, and did I mention, free babysitting!
6. Losing my job last June. Sounds weird, I know. However, I have successfully found the best of both worlds and right now it is really working for me. You know that battle between working/stay at home mom? Which by the way, I choose no side in. You do what works for you and hold your head up while you do it.
I am a junior/senior high math teacher and last June my contract ran out and with all the budget cuts to education, there was no money to renew it. So, I reluctantly put my name down on the substitute list. It is wonderful. I go to work when I want to and don’t have to work if there is something going on at McQueen’s school or I want to spend a day with Stinkerbell. No work comes home with me. I don’t know if anyone really realizes how much “homework” teachers have on a daily basis. It was always more marking and planning than I could ever keep up with, having two little kids. Now, someone else does all that and I just get to show up and have fun with the students and then go home. Amazing.
7. Coffee. Remember, I have a kid who doesn’t sleep. ‘Nuff said.
So, even if it hasn’t been Thanksgiving yet where you are…tell me….what are you thankful for?