“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

4.20.2009

It's a Wonderful Life

I have been searching high & low for missing magic.
All the time, it sits here in front of me.
Look in the mirror, it says.
Your life is full of wonder.
I forget to be thankful.
I forget to be happy.

So, for me, a list.

Remember these things you thought were not gifts,
but most definitely were:
**the spring rain that kept you inside ~ lazy, drowsy,
the tv full of old movies**
**that old car you drove in high school ~ standard shift,
and now you can drive any vehicle, which = freedom**
**that boyfriend who broke up with you
when you were young,
the one who never brought you flowers,
saying nothing was exotic enough & you knew it was a lie**
**typing class**
** that move you made,
fleeing a loud, horrible neighbor,
from the town into the country;
a horse across the fence your new neighbor**


And these things you know are gifts, but forget:
**ice cubes**
**quarters**
**Sweetarts ~ thank you Christy**
**hot baths**
**Granny Smith apples**
**pencil sharpeners**
**postage stamps**
**a cat who wakes you too early every morning**
**another cat who greets you every day at work**
**shelves of books**
** +1 reading glasses**
**sunglasses**
**can openers**
**air conditioning**
**gasoline**
**24-hr grocery stores**
**matches**

All those dreary, wonderful things.
A table by the door to hold my keys,
my phone,
my mail full of bills.
Very "It's a Wonderful Life".

And it is.

7 comments:

  1. Glad you got your surprise and liked it! I made the purse with you in mind, I hope you like it too. I will try to remember those things as gifts....I too forget to remember that every day is a gift. Sometimes it feels more like a curse. Love you!

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  2. Love it! I think I'll take your idea an make a post like this tomorrow!

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  3. Debi,

    This is just the kind of post to touch my heart. I love it. I especially love the list of things you didn't think were blessings, but definitely were after all. Isn't that the way life often turns out to be?

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  4. Thank you for reminding me to remember :)

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  5. Oh, no kidding about the old car from high school and typing class!

    Things I never thought to be grateful for, but SO AM!

    Thank you Debi :)

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