I just finished watching a movie called “One Day” and I absolutely hated it. I was in love with the movie right until near the end… then there was a twist that just made me angry. However, it also made me think… Life is too short to take anything or anyone for granted. We must count our blessings and be grateful for every day that we share with our loved ones because one day it will end for all of us here on earth, and one day we will join our loved ones who have already passed. However, when that happens, we will also leave behind many holes in the hearts of our loved ones who are here on earth… I would think that although we will be grateful to be reunited with our loved ones up in heaven, we would still have holes in our hearts too, for those we have left behind, and those holes will not be filled until they arrive in heaven as well.
In the mean time, I think it is important that while we are here on earth, we must be grateful for the blessings God has bestowed upon us. Even though our loved ones tend to get on our nerves, or make us angry sometimes, it is those same actions that get on our nerves and make us angry that we wish we still had once they are gone.
My grandma Ruby used to lose her teeth all the time. We would always try to help her find them… then she would realize that if she could find her glasses then maybe she would have better luck finding her teeth! I sure wish I could help her find her teeth one more time.
My precious dog, Bear Bear, used to freak out during storms and on loud holidays like Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve. She would break out of the back yard, and we would have to go out and canvas several neighborhoods to find her… my heart sunk every time I realized that she had broken out because I feared she would get hit by a car or something. This last year on the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve, I wished I could search for her again.
I used to think that my Grandpa Jack was an old pervert, and that my Grandma Ruth was a prude because my grandpa used to smack my grandma’s butt, and she would yell at him every time. Now, I understand that he loved her so much that even as an old man she still made him as happy as when he was a young lad. I hope that my husband still loves me that much when we are old and gray.
Those are just a few of the blessings I have had in my life. The current blessings in my life that I never want to take for granted are my family and friends.
My mom… although she is flighty, my mom is the smartest, calmest, and most patient individual I know. It is from her that I have learned to be such a good mom.
My dad… I thought I was going to lose my dad a few years ago. Thank God, he beat his cancer and is still alive. Although my dad may not think that his existence is important, it means the world to me.
My brother, Scotty, who we all know is crazy and unpredictable and we have had more than our fair share of fights and blowups. But he has been my lifelong brother and friend who has been there for me through thick and thin, has stood up for me when nobody else would, and has put his foot down when I needed him to.
My husband, Brycen, is the best man alive and my very best friend in the whole world. He is a prankster and he is loud, but without his humor and presence, I would be lost. This man took me from being a broken woman who trusted no man, to being a woman who is full of passion and life again. I am so grateful for him and I never want to take him for granted.
My son Tommy, he always has to have the last word, and he always has to be right, but he is such a loving and caring young man, and he does so much to help the family and everyone around him.
My son Bryan irritates me because I cannot make him do anything that he does not want to do and he is so smart but refuses to do his schoolwork, but I am so proud of the young gentleman that he has become. He is so sweet with his sisters and his smile just lights up my life.
My son Robert frustrates me because he follows the lead of his friends and his brothers and it often takes him a while to realize what is going on, but Robert is such an amazing child. Robert has already dealt with so many hardships at his age, that he has developed a sense of determination that you do not often see in children his age.
My beautiful daughter Janie frustrates me because she is just like me, but that is also what makes me love her so much. She is a loving, caring, nurturing child even at the young age of seven. She has so much emotion and passion in everything she does.
My amazing daughter Dixie requires so much attention, and she is very needy, but she is the sweetest girl, and she sure can make you laugh! She is so independent, yet so dependent. However, she can always make you smile and laugh, even when you are angry or sad.
I guess what I am saying is that I cannot imagine life without these wonderful people in my life.
There are so many more people who I never want to take for granted… too many to mention them all, but I would hope that each and every one of them know that I love them and that I am grateful to God for putting them all in my life. Anyhow, the message here is so simple, yet so often forgotten. Be grateful every day for every blessing in your life because nobody lives forever. Everyone has their quirks, but that is what makes them who they are. Just be grateful you have been blessed with those quirky people and their crazy traits!