“Thank you is the best prayer that anyone can say…” – Alice Walker
It’s the only one I ever say. Just before I turn the bedside lamp off at midnight every night, I write at least 5 things in my gratitude journal that I am grateful for.
Last Tuesday evening’s list lead with two items that are often repeated in my journal as well as out loud on any given day.
- Thank you for the strong healthy body and mind that are mine.
- Thank you for my mother’s continued excellent health.
I am thankful that at 65, I am healthy and strong as is my 81 year-old mother. Once a week on a Tuesday or a Wednesday, I pick her up around 9 or 10 a.m., and we’re off.
- Shop. The stores and malls may vary, but she is a consummate ‘Mallee’ who loves to go ‘saleing’.
- Eat & Drink. We’ll stop for lunch and a beer or two at whatever restaurant strikes her fancy.
- China Buffet for a Tsing Tao beer and all you can eat, and boy can she eat. At 5’2” and size 8 you’d never know.
- Jim ‘n’ Nicks for Taco Tuesdays’ fried catfish tacos and Modelo or Acapulco for Fajitas and Dos Equis.
- Shop some more – Birmingham has a plethora of large and small malls and then there are the vintage stores and Salvation Army stores, etc.
- Party. We invariable stop for a happy hour which includes bar food or appetizer and something good and wet.
- Bonefish grill is a favorite for Whiskey n Soda tall and an order or two of Bang-Bang Shrimp.
- Dodiyo’s for Wine or a Stella Artois and pizzette and hummus.
- Brio’s for a Peroni, bread and olive oil and shrimp cocktail.
- Shop. We always stop at Publix grocery store up the block from her house for miscellaneous grocery items on the way home. She buys a six pack and I a bottle of wine to take home.
We’ll unload our treasures from the car, turn on a rerun of some show we both like and sit and sip and chat a bit before I go home.
What are you Thankful for?