• My last night in Japan.  I’m thankful for having been here at all, let alone with my girls.  I’ve throughly enjoyed every moment with them – even the ones that could have gone better.  I’d rather have the uncomfortable moments than none at all.
  • I’m thankful that I’m hearing the jet lag going home is easier to manage, but I’m not so sure about that.  We’ll see, won’t we?
  • While I’m going to miss Ivonne while I’m gone, I’m happy that she’s going to get some good quality time with her sister without me being all up in her shit.  Sure, we like each other’s company but breathing room is good.  I’m glad we’ll be able to have that space and still be able to connect when she comes home herself.
  • I’m thankful that this trip happened when it did.  It couldn’t have come at a better time of need.  I tend to put on my blinders and see the trappings in front of me without getting a clear view of what’s bigger and more important and, frankly, more fulfilling.  Those small moments in between sentences, the touch of a finger in a moment of weakness, the silence of longing when you need just a bit more – these things take on more meaning when viewed outside the prism of our daily lives.
  • I’m grateful that I have the opportunity to go home and keep working.  I’ve been well-meaning, but I’ve missed many marks.  I intend to take better aim.
  • Finally, tonight, I’m thankful that she walked in the room and sat down next to me, leaned back, let me support her, let me hold her, let me just be there with friends and family and ourselves.  I love her immensely, and I’m grateful that she lets me.
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