Can I just say, I love Skype. I love FaceTime. I love Whatsapp. I love my friends.
Sometimes, it’s more important to spend the evening video chatting with friends you haven’t talked to in forever. There will always be another paper due; relationships are what truly matter. That’s not to say I won’t write my paper. In fact, I’m waking up early tomorrow morning to finish it. I work better in the mornings anyway, so we’re going to assume that if I had written my paper tonight, it wouldn’t have been all that great anyway. My advice for you, especially as we try to finish up assignments before thanksgiving: call your friends; the papers can wait.
So here we are at the last day of November. First of all, today I am thankful for nice people. I know a lot of nice people, but today I am specifically thankful for nice strangers. When I’m coming home from an after-school program I help with on Fridays I have to sit at an intersection in a not-so-great part of town. There isn’t a light and it’s a pretty busy street. I often have to wait there for several minutes. But today a really nice guy let me out in front of him and I didn’t have to wait at all! Simple kindnesses (is that a word?) from strangers are often the most influential of all. Secondly, what did I learn this month? I’ve learned that it’s a lot easier to be thankful when you’re seeking out things to be thankful for. I’ve learned that I need to work on getting things done on time! And finally, I’ve learned that when I’m thanking God for things that I have, it’s much harder to complain about things I don’t have.
I am thankful for the season of life I’m in right now (read as “I’m thankful I don’t have kids and real responsibilities yet!”) Don’t get me wrong, I love kids, I want a family, and I know I will be blessed in my adult life as well, I’m just glad I’m not there yet! I’m thankful that I don’t have real bills. I’m thankful I don’t have children yet. I can basically do whatever I want right now, and I am so thankful for that freedom. I absolutely love babysitting, but I also love coming home and sleeping afterwards! I’m so glad God created the teenage years.
I am SO thankful for my car. I love her! Her name is Pond, so I can say “come along Pond” when I get in to go somewhere. My one year anniversary with her is coming up in January. It’s amazing how the time has flown by; it’s hard to believe I’ve had my car for almost an entire year! I’ve plastered the back with bumper stickers. I’m so thankful that my parents let me buy my own car and drive it (pretty much) wherever I want to go. I’m so blessed to have such abundance in my life!
I love music. Not just in the “I listen to music all the time, I can’t go a day without it” kind of way, but also in the “I can play four instruments” kind of way. I’m especially thankful for music this time of year, because I LOVE Christmas music. I love playing Christmas music in band, I love listening to Christmas music in the car, I love going to Christmas concerts, and I love playing Christmas records on my record player. Today, I get to do all four things. I’ve been playing Christmas records all morning, I’m about to go to band when I get to listen in the car, and I’m going to the Story Tour tonight with my bestest friends (The Clarinets). I’m super excited!
It would be an understatement to say that I am a social butterfly. I often (maybe once a month) have to schedule “stay at home” days in my calendar so I don’t plan something on every single day. I cannot imagine how different my life would be without socialization. I believe it would be very, very boring. I always laugh when people ask me if I get to socialize because I’m homeschooled. You sit in school eight hours a day and I’m the one with no life? Right. So today I am thankful for plans: plans made months in advance and plans made minutes in advance. Any kind, with any friends, on any day. 🙂
Today I am thankful for deals. We (my mom, sister, and I) went to the Goodwill clearance store today (they sell by the POUND!!) and it just so happened the whole store was half off! I went in not intending to buy anything as I was already over budget from Black Friday, but when the store is half off what can you do? I picked out several records and two pairs of shoes that I’m going to try to cover in fabric (tutorial courtesy of Pinterest). My total was two dollars. And then my amazing mom who is the best in the entire world paid for it for me. I love her to death, and I’m very thankful for deals.