Last time I was here, in gratitude land, I posted the blog on dial-up.
Okay, so maybe that’s a stretch. I’m grateful as hell, but just haven’t had the time to be grateful as hell. Which makes no sense, right? I love coming to this space and hearing what you’re grateful for, too.
I have a cool new job in the city and I walk from the bus stop to the office with Glen Frey’s You Belong to The City in my head even though I know this is NOT what he had in mind, a middle-aged agency writer trudging the concrete to save a buck.
I do these things, you know. Someday I’ll tell you the songs that play in my head when I: a) Make tortillas (it’s been a while); b) take the soccer field sideline; and c) walk anywhere when it’s cold enough to see my breath.
I’m so happy to be back with you here. We’ll start there.
What are you grateful for today? This week? Hell, in 2020? I haven’t heard from some of you cats in a hot decade. That’s deep. We’re expecting snow here today, and the boy in me hopes that winds up deep, too.
1-My new teammates. They. Are. Awesome. It’s been impossible to find the bozo among my new co-workers. I’m not just saying that. This work is perfect for me, and as I learn the system and make mistakes, they’ve been supportive and patient.
2-Reception at Logan Family Practice. I get it. I look Hispanic but don’t know the language beyond bad words and ordering lunch. They’re friendly and also patient with me, especially with my broken Spanish (only slightly less worse than my broken English.)
3-The new job in a new space. It will probably get old, me talking about the new job. But part of the reason I’m even writing today is because I’ve found some work-life balance again. The work is challenging and my outlook is coming out of the woodshed.
4-Changes I see in myself. They were almost instant. You know how you get used to quirks when your car begins to decline? Can’t start it in direct sunlight, lock doesn’t work on driver’s side, etc.? The day I gave my notice, I could breathe deep again.
5-A moment with all the girls. No, not the ones who buy cute shit in Target. MY girls. I scrambled to get all our Super Bowl bingo cards ready before kickoff. All my kids chipped in and busted them out with me. I loved that.
6-My boys, for being friends. I’ll miss my crew at ACN. We’re real and hard-working and foul-mouthed. But it’s been forever since I’ve had a brotherhood I knew had my back. I’ll be forever grateful, amigos.
7-My messy work space and comfy car. So, this came before my job switch. But I worked a bit in conditions not unlike Wall-E in that famous movie. Clutterly love. And my car, it’s so simple and beat up but fits like a glove.
8-A great night’s sleep. Hell, last night, it wasn’t even a full night. I woke up at 4:30 a.m. ready to roll. Who does that? It felt like any anxiety I’d had over changes in my life just disappeared like an early-morning graham cracker snack.
9-Beethoven’s 9th symphony and good routine. For a while there, I listened to the greatest piece of music ever written (sorry Kesha.) I haven’t this week. Maybe the comfort and grandeur I find in that music did it’s job.
10-A sideline to watch my girls play. None of the girls call me Coach anymore. But I’ll always be daddy. I’m grateful when I can get my butt to the right field at the right time to see what the fuss is all about when I hear parents complaining about that ass-kicking kid at midfield.
Tell me what you’re grateful for! I’m grateful that you’ve joined me, for damn sure.