Two weeks ago, I read about this lovely Three Things Thursday thing on a blog I follow called The Snail of Happiness. (“Three Things Thursday was created by Emily at Nerd in the Brain and is hosted by Natalie at There She Goes. Three Things Thursday is quite simply a list of three things that have made you happy this week. Your three things can be big or small, anything that makes you laugh or brightens your day!” – from There She Goes). And so, I’ve started to do it too. I like to think of the three things as stuff I’m grateful for; things that have sparked gratitude in my soul this past week.
I missed last Thursday, simply because I lost track of what day of the week it was and Thursday just sort of snuck passed me without my notice. Also, I’ve been battling an epic case of writer’s block. More on that to come…
So here are my three things:
1. My best friend Laurie. We live very far apart (I believe I’ve mentioned previously the sheer colossalness of Canada. If not, let me reiterate: it’s really, really, really, really big). So, I live in Vancouver, which is on the west coast, and my dear friend lives in Winnipeg, which is about half way between the west and east coast. Vancouver to Winnipeg is at least a two-day’s drive – we’re talking full days of driving. It’s approximately three hours to fly there. Winnipeg is two time-zones away from Vancouver. It’s far. So I can’t just nip out and meet my bestie for a cuppa any ol’ time. We’ve lived far apart for nearly twenty years now. But we became “best friends” when we were twelve. It all started when we were passing notes to each other in class one day. One of us (I can’t remember which) passed the other a note saying, “Let’s be friends” and the other replied with “Make that best friends?” and that sealed it.
Our friendship is one of those that Stephen King wrote about in his short story “The Body” (which was made into a movie called “Stand By Me”). He wrote: “I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve.” It’s the kind of friendship that transcends distance and time. There were great chunks of time, years, where we didn’t see each other and barely communicated at all. It wasn’t because of any falling out or bad feelings of any kind. It’s just that our lives took us in vastly different directions. And time passed, as it does. But when we do get to see each other, it’s like no time has passed and we just pick up where we left off.
She randomly sent me a note this morning on Messenger just to say she was thinking about me. How sweet is that? So we messaged back and forth for a while. It made my day. It actually made my week!
Here’s a photo of us from 1985 (see below). We are the two in the centre (I’m the dark one). The one in the red sweater is my sister, and the one in pink is Laurie’s sister. Collectively, we were known as The Fearsome Foursome. 😀 (No one actually called us that, except for us, but we really wanted it to catch on).
2. My 83-year-old mom. She’s been a widow since March 13th of this year when my dad, her husband of 60+ years, passed away at the age of 91. She’s never lived alone before, so it’s been an adjustment, to say the least. But she’s handling it like a champ! She called me this morning to ask a question about her iPad and her Facebook account. I know, right? She’s quite the techie for an octogenarian! Anyway, we chatted a while and then she told me a hilarious story about a recent “senior moment” she’d experienced and we both laughed so hard. It was a beautiful thing, hearing her laugh like that. It sparked some gratitude in my soul, I can tell ya!
3. My friend LJ, who inspires me to be the best version of me that I can possibly be. I’m not a gym rat, by any means. But I like to be fit. It’s more important to me, the older I get. But the older I get, the more I have to battle my slowing metabolism and my lack of “get-up-and-go”! So I truly appreciate anyone and anything that motivates me to move my body, to keep fit, and to grow physically stronger.
I’ve known my good friend LJ since grade 10. We were part of the shy, nerdy set in high school. I say that proudly. But we both feel like we blossomed after high school. Don’t get me wrong – he was an absolute cutie back in those days. But he didn’t feel good about himself, and lacked confidence. He’s made it through some difficult years, and now, he is the picture of confidence and joy. He’s hit his stride, and by being an incredibly dynamic, authentic human, he inspires others to be the best that they can be. I strongly encourage you to check out his instagram, just so you get an idea of what I’m talking about.
There’s no denying that he’s physically beautiful. I mean, we’re talking some serious eye candy, let’s be honest. But his soul is even more beautiful. He’s one of the kindest, loveliest people I know. His friendship is one of the things that brings a smile to my face on a daily basis.
And those are my three things this Thursday. What are yours? 🙂