I know that they come around every year and usually I am pretty up beat about them, but this year I must admit that I was sad.....it was my first birthday without Mum. It felt different....just not the same, but I kept busy and spent Sunday morning working in the garden before opening up the shop ready for the day ahead. And then it all changed. A friend posted this on their facebook page.
"I've often beat myself up after losing two children in a car accident bemoaning what a waste it was, knowing it wasn't but feeling dudded at the same time, then I read this quote last night before our family Christmas lunch today....
"Always remember that even if something doesn’t last forever, it doesn’t mean that it’s not worth your time."
It's always worth your time spending time with your kids."
It turned everything around and I began to think of all of things that I have to be thankful for.
I am thankful that for 53 years I did have my Mum with me, and that I had spent every Christmas Day with her.
I am thankful for two wonderful daughters and a cheeky grand daughter.....and another on the way!
I am thankful that Cathryn couldn't find an embarrassing photo of me to put up on Facebook for my birthday, and I am thankful that Ann did find an embarrassing photo to show everyone.
I am thankful that I have indeed reached the age of 54, something that not everyone gets to say.
I am thankful for the time I get to spend with friends having a birthday lunch today, and the promise to do it more often......thank you Jodie & Lenora.
I am thankful that I 'found' the right person to share my life with.....the good and the bad.....and I am thankful that he forgives me for my blog posts about him and the odd embarrassing photo!
I could go on and on but I won't........but I am thankful to Geoff for helping me see this.