I had every intention of doing Odd Shot Monday but did not. Nor did I begin ABC Wednesday with one of my abstracts for the letter A. Instead I am back for Thankful Thursday.
I started to say it was hard to be thankful this week with the death of my best friend's father. Then I remembered how thankful I am for my mother who is always nice to all my friends. Who treats them as her friends as well as her children. She would never be rude to them, but ask them why they haven't been to see her. She would tell them to come on over. She'd let them talk to me with out any snide comments whatsoever. I realize everyone does not have the wonderful mother I do and I am sorry for them.
I am thankful for my "real" friends who don't tell me to stop emailing them because their in box is full. I am thankful for my friends who enjoy me, my emails and my art. I am thankful for my friends who are willing to be my defenders when others say & do things that hurt me or my feelings. I love them for this. But I feel I must fight my own battles or decide the battle is not worth the fight for life is too short.
I am thankful I got to see old friends at the funeral I have not seen in years and years. I am thankful I am not as a gray as some of them. LOL I am thankful for the photo take with our old friends, Katharine who has not aged any. This reminded me we need to stay in touch with our friends.
I am thankful for how my best friend Genie handled the funeral. She reminded me of Jackie Kennedy with her poise, grace, elegance and composure. I would have been a basket case.
The funeral made me realize this was a preview of my father's.... Our fathers shared so many things. They attended the same church so they have been friends far longer than Genie and I have been since our cradle roll days. They were at Pearl Harbor together. Her father in the Navy while my Daddy was in the army. Daddy had to have his appendix removed during the bombing and was later sent to recoup at a hospital in Germany which is why I am here today. They were in a club together and attended the same Sunday school class. Genie's father's funeral was one of the best I have attended. It was directed at her and her mother to let them know how much he loved them.
I am thankful her father is no longer suffering, but has gone on to Heaven where I know he was smiling down with pride yesterday.
I am thankful I was able to share a fond memory via email with Genie about her father. He drove us to our out of town football games back in high school. I was the one who made him laugh. Genie said that was a feat because he never laughed, but he always laughed at me. I can't imagine why?
I am so very thankful for my family.
What are you thankful for this Thankful Thursday? If you would like to participate where the theme is Victory, please go to the following....
By the way "Victory in Jesus" is one of my very favorite hymns.