7 Pounds of Something: 12/2

Winner: Me

Last week, I stated I don’t do the one day a thing to be thankful for gimmick, I would do that all at once, and once December hits.

So here we go.

What to be thankful for.

Ok, we have to get the boilerplate out of the way.
Wife, kids,parent,job,health.

I mean you get those 5 good, and your life is better than 90% of the people out there from Day 1.

Really? Lets see.

I’ve got a great wife. She never reads what I write, so don’t think I’m gonna get any extra for this, but I do. She pisses me off, she’s got issues, but lets face it-if I fix a problem a year, by the time I’m 78, she’ll be perfect.
I’ll be dead, but she’ll be perfect.
A bad spouse can ruin your life, and then can break you financially, destroy your credit and cost you family and Friends you will never get back.

I got kids.Family
I got healthy kids.

Those two things don’t always go together. I’m 4 for 4 with easy deliveries (especially for me) but my youngest is in 1st grade, the oldest is a senior. I have not had to go to the hospital for anything worse than a broken bone. I don’t have to make trips to the doctor on a monthly basis and I don’t have to go to St Jude. A place that is both the best place and worst place in the world for a parent. I had a relative that had to go there.
I stress over my kids. But I don’t have to beg that they see the sunrise. There are hundreds of parents out there that do, daily.

I’m thankful for my mom. She had a hard hard life, but she passed happy. Her final days I hope made her see the next world with a smile. I didn’t have a dad. My kids don’t have a great dad, but my grandkids should have great ones. I get pissed that I didn’t do more for my mom when she was here.

Hey assholes! Call your parents! Just randomly, not when you see a hallmark commercial.

I’m thankful I have a job.
I have one job.
I’m only gonna have one w-2 this year. I am so grateful for that.
I have to eat way to much PB&J. I have to eat food that isn’t the best sometimes. But there are BILLIONS that could and would eat for a month out of the food I throw out. I know. I have been there. I have holes in my clothes. But I have decent clothes. I don’t have money for a movie a lot, but I have lights when I come home. I’m rich if you compare me to 75% of the world.

My knees hurt 24/7. They wake me up a night. My teeth hurt. My back hurts and its not as straight as it used to be. I’ve got a shattered wrist that will let you know when its gonna rain or frost.
I’m far luckier than most ex-military men (and women) that served. I much better than some people that have done some of the dumb things I have done.

So that’s the 5 things you need in life. Bottom Line, You get those 5 things and you are good.

Next up you need friends.

I got two, I always seem to either have zero, one or two. I’ve never been one of those people that have just a Rolodex of people I could call and road trip to Vegas. Maybe its my personality, maybe its my hair. I guess it could be the fact that people I grew up with I don’t have contact with, people in the Army I don’t talk too, and I’ve bounced from job to job.

But I do tend to have a very small collection of friend(s) and they are always near and dear to my heart. Tom and Jack, I love you both, and thank you for putting up with me. Josh, enjoy Canada.

I am thankful that I grew up in the best decade in history, the 80s and early 90s.

Winner: Me
Winner: Me

I don’t care what decade you claim. I win. Period. This is not even close. My Decade > Your Decade.

Don’t believe me? Challenge me. Give me ANY aspect that is a major subject header, and tell me how your decade is better.

I am thankful for my Ex-Wife.

Yeah, she’s nuts, drives me insane, but she’s good people.

I am thankful for my in-laws.

Both Sets. I’m sure I am not what they expected when their daughters brought me home, but overall I have been accepted and loved. Both Father-in-laws have been great at fixing everything that used to move, and both mother-in-laws have been excellent cooks. I could not ask for more, I’ve had brothers in law that were great, and always found great people spread among all the cousins.

I am thankful for my internet friends- The J Brothers, Archie, Bill, Collin, Dan, Zach, Rich, and all not on the site but on others. I may not ever meet them in real life, but I’ve texted, chatted, called and been through a lot with them.

I am thankful for Food. I am thankful for good cooking.

I do need to be happier of the small stuff.

I thank you the reader, for putting up with all this. I am thankful my wife does not read this.

Thank you.




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  1. Amen to it all… except for that decade thing. Still, it is very well said and feels like it came straight from the heart.

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