Thankful Thursday 23 July 2020

Ah, the first Thursday after vacation and I have tomorrow off; my full-time job gave us a holiday tomorrow to thank us for providing excellent service through COVID-19. I only worked a two day week this week, which I am grateful for, but next week will be a rude awakening with 5 days of work.

On Tuesday, when I was off and catching up with laundry, grocery shopping, writing, and resting, I took the Rambler bus to do my errands. The bus drivers were so happy to see me again, since it’s been a few years, and on the way back a driver said, “you must be popular with the WRTI hosts since they always play your requests.” I just laughed and he joined me in laughing. It was good-hearted banter and I feel grateful for the day. Even the few other riders remembered me and were happy to see me.

Aunt Peg stopped by and gave me a belated birthday card and gift. I am grateful for her thoughtfulness and I am grateful for my family in general. I love the card she gave me, which I put into my Happiness Box: Collect moments, not things. I collect my moments in my Happiness Box and later, scrapbooks. I am a big believer in it and in the future, maybe I’ll do a special post about the concept.

Calvin and Hobbes began to peel. While that is part of the normal healing process, peeling makes me nervous. Wraith peeled, tattoo #2 didn’t really. I remember when Wraith peeled, I was expecting it, and after I got out of the shower I saw the flecks and texted Anna and Christina. They explained. I was expecting it with the colour pigments of Calvin and Hobbes, but I still texted Christina and asked her how long her colour tattoos took until the peeling was done. Her’s took a while, but they are much bigger, so mine probably won’t be long. I’m noticing the colours are more vibrant (which is supposed to happen), so I’m going to enjoy the healing process and document it. I’m grateful for all of their help.

I’m also thankful for Jared. I just had a great vacation, he’s on vacation now, and I’ve been following along. I’m thankful for Marsha, Kathleen and Ms. Ernestine too.

What are you thankful for?

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Creator of the Happiness Box Project Initiative, a project where you write your happiness or gratitude each day, then open the box in the New Year. The Initiative is to teach joy and gratitude, to pass it on to others.

One thought on “Thankful Thursday 23 July 2020”

  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    It’s nice that your full-time job gave you today off as a way of thanking employees for keeping their noses to the grindstone through COVID-19. I hope you find some fun things to do, maybe watching those movies we’ve been discussing. I needed to look up The Rambler bus service. I see it provides residents of Upper Merion Township with rides to area shopping centers, malls, medical facilities, the Senior Center, and the Upper Merion Township Building. As a “senior citizen” (still age 16 in my mind and heart) I could ride free! I’m happy to hear that you had a friendly encounter with the driver on The Rambler ride. Hooray for your Aunt Peg for selecting a card with such a wise message on it – “collect moments, not things.” That is indeed exactly what you’ve been doing all these years. I hope Calvin and Hobbes stop peeling and start healing so that you can put your mind at ease about your third tat. As you collect moments, not things, you also collect genuine friendships. Jared, Marsha, Kathleen and Ms. Ernestine are examples. You are blessed.

    Have a safe and happy weekend, dear friend JM!


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