It's not been the best year.
The layoff ...
My mom ...
And still, I'm thankful.
Thankful for tiny mysteries ...
Like when my daughter looks at me and asks me if I'm 25, even though I know to her 25 might as well be 100.
Or when the lady at the grocery store cards me for beer, even though I know she's required to card everyone. She's not required to act surprised by the dates.
I am thankful that when my husband holds up a turkey baster he bought during a Thanksgiving eve shopping trip he took with our son, it comes with a story I never in a million years would have guessed:
"Uhhhh ... I don't baste the turkey."
"I know, but it kept your son from melting down in the middle of the store. He really, really wanted a turkey baster."
I am thankful that he decided a $2 kitchen tool was one battle not worth fighting.
Though I'm not sure I'll be thankful when the boy douses me at bath time with his new squirter toy.
But I know it's just the price I'll have to pay for being thankful for all the things that sneak up behind me, yell 'boo' and scamper off, giggling.