Thankful Thursday 21 April 2022

Ah, Thursday again! With only two more days of Passover, 11 more days of Ramadan, Easter and Ridvan behind us, Earth Day is tomorrow, and April is one big month of celebration this year. There’s a lot to be thankful for.

My parents are in Florida until Friday night. Tommy is spending a few days with me and I am so grateful he’s here. My parents are grateful too, especially dad. We are all grateful for this relationship, but Tommy and I are especially more grateful. It’s nice having him here and the Boy has warmed up to him. Huzzah, a win all around!

Of course, Boy wanted the cereal milk as well..

Last night we celebrated our first Passover Seder as a couple. I’ll make a separate blog entry about that one. It went well and I’m so thankful that we could discuss things during the Seder. Today will be doing to Stonewall Seder and I have some wonderful things planned for that one. Thank you, Tommy, thank you so much for opening your heart to my celebrations.

Yesterday at lunch, I decided to visit a florist for sunflowers for my Seder to honour Ukraine. I Googled florists near the Courthouse and a Spanish one came up. I walked to the address and nothing. A gentleman walking by stopped to help me find this florist, but nothing. I am grateful he helped me, but Google forgot to mark it as closed. The gentleman suggested the one on Fornance Street and gave me directions. That was the florist my dad used to buy from. I called and they had sunflowers.

When I arrived, I was surprised to see a nursery and a little store front. I walked in and it was a quaint shop. The florist greeted me and I explained that I was sunflowers 🌻 girl. These sunflowers would be used for the Seders I’m having (to honour Ukraine).

When I was a little girl and young teen, my dad used to order flower bouquets for me from this florist. Very friendly. As the florist was preparing my sunflowers, I told him about how one year dad gave me a beta fish tank vase. He laughed and said they were very popular. This was 2001.

As I was checking out, I saw the cards that came with flower deliveries. I said, “I still have that card dad filled out for me!” I was excited and added, “I scrapbook.”

A walk down memory lane on my lunch break, one that I am grateful for.

Of course I’m thankful for friends and family. What are you grateful for today?

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One thought on “Thankful Thursday 21 April 2022”

  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    Happy Thankful Thursday, dear friend! I’m happy to see that you and Tommy found an opportunity to be together again. It’s nice to see your kitty warming up to Tommy, but I suspect the cereal milk had something to do with it. 🙂

    I’m pleased to learn that you and Tommy experienced your first Passover Seder as a couple, that it went well and promoted discussion. I hope today’s Stonewall Seder is equally meaningful and inspiring for both of you. It is very nice of you to remember the plight of the people of Ukraine and to go to such lengths to find sunflowers to honor them during your Seders. It’s quite a coincidence that you eventually found a florist that your dad used to buy from and that you have memories of things he bought for you all those years ago and still have one of their cards in your scrapbook. Those sunflowers are stunning!

    Once again, happy TT to you and Tommy, dear friend JM!


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