My grandmother sent a box to me with some of her old milk glass vases and candle sticks. To my surprise, she had included my grandfather’s coffee cup that he drank out of every morning. He passed when I was very little, however he was very, very special to me. As I grow older, I am reminded by my mom and grandmother’s memories of him how much we are alike. One similarity between us is our love for coffee. So this gift is incredibly special to me, as is the handwritten note from my grandmother that came inside the cup. (What is it about a grandmother’s handwriting that is so special? There is nothing else like it!)
It’s been a stressful beginning to the week – trying to balance work, exercise, life goals and still have a somewhat organized (and clean) household. Finally getting over a sinus infection only to find that you have passed it on to your husband. Scary life stuff that pops up unexpectedly and threatens someone you love. During times like these I have to stop and remind myself of all the big things I have to be grateful for – wonderful family and friends, an amazing spouse who loves and supports me, a job (and a few part time ones that I love!).
The big things are wonderful and so important. But stopping to look around and enjoy the little things is a practice I enjoy, as well. Perhaps why I love taking photos so much is because of this, the ability to find joy in the small, tangible things around me, that help to make my life feel full and, at times, luxurious. Not in a material sense, just in a sense that I have more than I need, and I am lucky for it.
What are you grateful for?