The Thankful Game, Part 22.

Today’s inspiration for thankfulness has stemmed from my utter annoyance with my cat, Samson.  As soon as the sun comes up, he begins meowing every four seconds so that I’ll wake up and tend to him (this is not an exaggeration).  He’s learned that the first thing I do when I awake is head to the bathroom; so Samson has begun to beat me there, ready and waiting to beg for me to leave a faucet running for him.  I don’t love to leave water running, but this morning marks the second time I’ve caved this week.  Naturally, since this is the second time I’ve caved, this is the second time that Samson has gorged himself on running water and then, 10 minutes later, puked his watery vomit all over my floor in his display of appreciation.  

*aggravated  sigh*

I water this cat.  No matter how much fresh water I set out by his cat bowl, he wants any other water in the world.  He wants mine.  He wants Esther’s.  He wants Brian’s.  He wants the water from every faucet in the house.  But he absolutely does not care for his own fresh water by his own dish, even if I’ve gotten him his very own fountain (true story).

So when I found myself glaring at my pukey, sixteen year old punk cat this morning, I decided that this would be a fine time to redirect my thoughts towards what good I have in my life.  Join me, won’t you?

I’m thankful for the way air conditioning doesn’t just help with temperature control, but humidity control as well.

And I’m thankful for milk and cereal.

I’m thankful for glow sticks.

And I’m thankful for clean surfaces.

I’m thankful for guacamole.

And I’m thankful that Bennett likes it, too.

I’m thankful for inspiring and challenging dreams.

And I’m thankful for wisdom.

I’m thankful for liquid foundation.

And I’m thankful for the way that blush keeps me from looking ill.

I’m also thankful for the way my brother, Joey, lights up any room he enters.

And I’m thankful that I’ve matured beyond 6th grade enough to notice that.

I’m thankful for the friends who love my friends & family well when I’m not close enough to do an adequate job.

And I’m thankful for the times that I’m close enough.

I’m thankful for the Lord’s timing.

And I’m thankful for the way that distance can help develop perspective.

I’m thankful for the many, many thoughtful women who are in my life.

And I’m thankful that I was given Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth yesterday!

I’m thankful that I can still stand and walk and work.

And I’m thankful for support, support shoes, support hose and belly support bands.

I’m thankful for mason jars.

And I’m thankful for Brian’s patience with me.

I’m thankful that I fell asleep before watching the Cowboys beat the Giants.

And I’m thankful that the Giants have a player whose last name is Bennett.

I’m thankful that others have begun to catch on and also play The Thankful Game.

And I’m thankful that I never run out of blessings for which I can show my thankfulness.

I’m thankful for eternity.

And I’m thankful that I’ll have that much time to praise the Lord for who He is and what He’s done.

Ahhh, that feels better.


  1. September 6, 2012

    I am thankful for tennis shoes, sleep, laughter, hugs, kind doctors, thoughtful nurses, family, warm blankets, water, friends (who step up when you don’t expect it), good books, my husband, my kids, my dog, caffeine, red wine, dark chocolate,…….

  2. September 6, 2012

    Thankful I get to be with Charley during his treatments and that our visits are opportunities to get closer together.

    Thankful the kids are doing well and adjusting to their new school schedules.

  3. September 6, 2012

    I’m Thankful for a loving husband, close friends since childhood that will help you get back into your house after you locked yourself out with your two kids and in the same day listen to you as you cry over the phone to them, I’m thankful for answered prayers and for when God says no because he know it will be better than my desire, for homemade cookies with m&m’s, cooked meals, and so much more!

  4. September 6, 2012

    I am thankful for Advil.
    And dark chocolate.
    And when I consume both, it relieves me of most headaches 🙂

  5. September 10, 2012

    oddly enough, i’m thakful for my elderly, sometimes incontinent cat who has been known to barf at awkward times and places because, even while cleaning cat barf (or whatever) I’m reminded that God loves me even more than i love this cat and He (God) puts up with even bigger messes from be because of that love

  6. September 12, 2012

    I know you’re thankful you have a cat who is sixteen years old and probably given you much happiness through the years. Perhaps, you should think about taking him to the vet for a diabetes test even though his water choices seem preferential rather than physically driven.

    My fourteen year old dog, “Ms Cleo”, never peed in the house once, until this year. Then, she even urinated in front of us. I intially thought it was behavioral, even though I work for a vet, but it was a chronic urinary tract infection and went on for months. Stopped peeing on the very last day of her third series of antibiotics and hasn’t done so since.

    Believe me, I know aging can be rough!!!! I’M OLD!!!!

    🙂 Didn’t mean this to be a sermon, just a suggestion.

  7. September 17, 2012

    just an addition to my last comment–i had to have Mordecai (the elderly cat) put to sleep on the 13th and while i’m still horribly torn up about it, i’m still thankful for the years we had and the lessons he taught me abot God and life

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