Thankful Thursday, vol. 2

“Siblings: children of the same parents, each of whom is perfectly normal until they get together.”

Sam Levenson

I honestly don't know if any of us pass for normal when we're apart either...

And whaddya know?! It's actually Thursday today!

It's cheesy and predictable, but today I guess I'm pretty thankful for my siblings. I'm sitting in Paris, eating decadent desserts and drinking cheap wine (cheap wine doesn't necessarily equal bad wine in this part of the country, another thing to be grateful for) with my brother and waiting for my sister to get out of class and join us. Life ain't too terrible. I'm grateful for the rest of my family too, but being in Paris with my siblings is a Thanksgiving that I am sure will stand out in my memories.

And my sister's boyfriend deserves an honorable mention as well, for graciously sharing his living space while we're visiting. 

Happy Thanksgiving, folks!

Thankful Thursday, vol1

"Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out."
John Wooden

I know it's not Thursday, but it's my blog and I can do what I want. And if this, this, and this are to be believed, practicing some gratitude is a pretty good idea for any day of the week.

I'm thankful for the people who put up with me when I am far less than my best. The ones who don't mind changing plans at the last minute when I suddenly realize I can't achieve the original goal. The ones who push me through the motions when I am sad and wouldn't bother to do it on my own. The ones who forgive me for the angry voice that is usually angry at myself, but sometimes gets misdirected. The ones who hand me ibuprofen and coffee and breakfast and break down most of camp without my help because I had one too many beers the night before. The ones who patiently belay while I growl at cruxes that may or may not actually exist on days when I can't seem to figure out how my hands and feet work. The ones who quietly listen to my ranty frustrations about things I could change, and also the ones I can't. 

If you are anything like me, you have a small circle of some of the best people in your life who, unfortunately, are the ones most frequently subjected to the worst side of you. Today, I'm extremely grateful for those people, the ones who see my worst and remain convinced that it is outweighed by my best, even on the days that I don't necessarily believe that myself.