being a teacher, being me, reflection

What I Take For Granted

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I know I have a lot to be thankful for.  And yet, it seems to get lost in the every day.  The hustle and bustle we call life.  I try to be thankful, I try to give thanks, but some of the things I take the most for granted are the things that I forget about.  The things that if I didn’t have them in my life, my life would not be a happy one.  So why is it that we take so many things for granted when really we should be aware of how different our lives would be without them?

I think of the last few days in the aftermath of the not guilty verdict out of Ferguson and how I take for granted that my white son will never be accosted by police, unless he deserves to be.  It’s amazing what you take for granted when you are white.

I think of the millions of children who go to schools that are underfunded, falling apart, and riddled with inequities, and how I take for granted the incredible school my daughter goes to.

The couples who fight to pay their bills every day, whereas my husband and I certainly have to save and budget and not buy, but we are never faced with the choice of heat or water or which one we should pay.

I take that for granted.

Family and friends who get mad when you can’t see them enough because life is too busy and it has been too long.

Ugly mini-vans that are safe to drive in winter and can fit all of our crazy lives.

7th graders who are invested in our classroom, who think I am ok, who don’t hate everything we do.

Colleagues who actually like you and think you have worth.

Plenty of food to eat, to fit even the pickiest 2 year old’s appetite.

Health insurance that doesn’t stop, even when faced with more than $500,000 in medical bills because a baby decided to come 10 weeks early.

I take that for granted.

So today, I am thankful, but not for those big incredible things I get to do, but those essential ones that make my life my life.  Those tings I take for grated even though they should be the first in line whenever thanks is given out.  What are you thankful for?

2 thoughts on “What I Take For Granted”

  1. Waking up this morning, feeling grumpy about heading to work and facing my students after not such a great yesterday, this post has stopped me. It is reminding me to let it go and to give thanks to all I have, which is far more than many. My health, my husband, my two now adult sons, a beautiful home, a car that is paid off, friends – so many amazing friends, the list goes on. Yes, you have stopped me this morning and helped to shift the cloud that was hanging over my head. Timing is everything!

  2. This is important. The fact that I do struggle with bills-especially when my fridge died just before Thanksgiving and my car needs brakes. However, I don’t have to choose between essential things like, food, medicine and water. I have a loving family back home who occasionally pay my house taxes or what-have-you just around this time of year because they see that I struggle as a single mom who is a teacher. It is important to remember that we need not BUY BUY BUY in order for our kids to be happy. Certainly, you have helped me re-evaluate what is truly important. Being grateful, yes!

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