Friday grateful linky 8/5/16

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I’d like to start off today’s linky with a funny story. Because sometimes when things are particularly crummy, it helps to laugh and look at the bright side. My dad recently shared a story that explains a lot to me about how my neurotic family operates and it feels good to laugh out loud again.

When my grandmother was admitted to a hospital in Westchester years ago, my grandfather and uncle paced the halls trying to locate her. After an hour of being sent from one corridor to another, my grandfather decided he had enough and BURST INTO THE OPERATING ROOM yelling “WHERE THE HELL IS MY WIFE?!”

I don’t recommend this or condone this kind of behavior by any means, but apparently he was escorted out of there and reunited with his wife within a matter of minutes.

I’ve never experienced this kind of nervous energy before from my father, but sitting next to him on Wednesday at NY Presbyterian was an experience. I tried to console him with a copy of US Weekly (he didn’t appear very interested in Bachelor Ben), I brought him coffee (which turned out to be a terrible idea because ELEVATED NERVOUS LEVELS), and we did a lot of out-of-the-window staring/nontalking for the four hours we waited.

I’ve never been so happy to see a doctor.

Long story short (too late!), we still don’t know why she’s been experiencing shortness of breath but she’s going to be on a heart monitor for 30 days and has to take it easy. Has to. It’s not easy for someone who still works the nightshift at a nursing home, but it’s an important lesson in all of this.

If ever there was a time to be grateful, this is it for me.

My things (in no particular order):

  • All of you. For all of it.
  • Laughter
  • Gentle reminders of how precious and frail and fleeting this world can be
  • Lord Huron’s new CD. Don’t know ‘em? Listen to this song which has been on constant loop in my car and apartment
  • This book.
  • Spicy Thai food
  • Buster for always making me giggle and for making friends everywhere he goes. He’s pretty irresistible

    Buster lawn

    This lawn is my favorite of all the lawns

  • Having my brother (and his girlfriend) in town for the week. It’s so great to know they can keep an eye on mom and take her to her appointments
  • A break in the heat this week
  • Yoga Download
  • Blasting Old Crow Medicine Show with my dad and mom in the car on the way back from the hospital. That was pretty special 🙂

9 Comments… add one
Tamara August 5, 2016, 5:03 PM

The story is hilarious! I sort of do condone that kind of behavior, as long as no one’s life is on the line.
Glad to hear an update about your mom, and I wish her well. She sounds so strong.
You should link this up to one of the million blessings link ups that are all mixed together this week!

Susannah August 5, 2016, 6:42 PM

I love your grateful list! <3 It's always important to focus on the positive! <3

alexandra August 5, 2016, 8:35 PM

That story is too funny! I can’t imagine it would be super easy to burst into an operating room now a days… at least I hope not ha

Shybiker August 6, 2016, 9:04 AM

Hard times remind us to cherish the simple joys in life. Seriously. Hope all keeps looking up for your mom and family.

Lindsay August 6, 2016, 3:45 PM

We’ve not had a break in this horrendous heat wave, it’s been a bit brutal, to say the least.
Maybe the heart monitor will unveil what’s going on with your Mom, maybe it’ll still remain a mysterious. Perhaps this was a wake up call for her to count her lucky stars and to take it easy….:

Love you darling! Hope you’re having a fab weekend! xoxo

lisa thomson August 7, 2016, 1:35 PM

That’s a hilarious story, Charlotte! Priceless. So glad your mom is out of hospital and at least some answers will be forthcoming. Great list! I’ve been listening to Lord Huron since you recommended it. SO great. The book looks like one I could use as well. Buster? So sweet!! Happy weekend to you!

Akaleistar August 9, 2016, 8:37 PM

That’s one way to get things done! I hope the heart monitor helps the doctors figure out what’s going on.

My Inner Chick August 11, 2016, 10:01 AM

I love your family & pray for your mama’s heath. Family means EVERYTHING.
Great gratitude list, too! Your puppy is adorbs. Animals always make me feel a bit better.
PS. I did not begin to heal until I started to see ( once again ) the beautiful things inside the world.
Keep well, darling. xx from MN.

Harold Pawlik August 26, 2016, 5:27 AM

Dessert was saved! My aching post-run legs were grateful for the sugar rush. And my children were thankful that I didn t wake them up for a late night cookie run.

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