Yep, it’s me…by whatever name, the real deal ~
Well, we made it through April, survived to see May—that’s something to be glad and grateful about! And what a nice crowd we have to play the Glad Game…invented by Pollyanna, who never saw a cloud without a silver lining! Let’s get started, here’s my list:
a) Much as I thoroughly enjoyed NaPoWriMo and A-to-Z, I’m thankful to have finished with half a brain intact! Maybe it takes a pandemic for this poet to reach down deep and find enough hopeful words to fill 30 days🙂
b) I’m ecstatically grateful that God showed up to bring beautiful resolution to my grocery store crisis of April 10th. I’m not talkin’ TP shortage…I mean, everyone’s so frazzled about Corona that there was a store-wide lack of patience, consideration, focused attention, and general regard for others. And I wasn’t exactly a saint in this scenario, either. The “issue” on April 10th caused me to avoid the store (avoidance being my default).
But when I ran out of Doritos, desperation set in…there was no choice but to don mask, and pray my way up the little hill to Safeway. Prayer and humility, and a time-out, can create space for the good Lord to smooth wrinkles among flawed humans.
I’d written a brief note to the manager (nice young man whom employees thought was my nephew)…and hoped to slip by him unnoticed. I reached the water and soft drink aisle, where he hunted me down…my note in his hand. He felt terrible about the bad experience I’d had—blamed himself, which is a good way to start peace talks! The blessing was that he took time to listen and hear me—that’s all I wanted, and his promise to correct the problem.
So there we were, alone in the aisle with our masks, not allowed to hug (social distancing)—communicating well with mutual respect, our friendly association mended and strong. He was unaware some of the staff had tagged me as his aunt, so I mentioned that I was available to fill an honorary position—he seemed agreeable😁 Auntie L collects new nephew!
c) Okay, here’s my report on the No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Bars I made last week. They’re pretty tasty, plenty chewy with the quick oats and crunchy peanut butter in ’em…so you won’t want more than one modest square. If you’d like the recipe, leave a comment and I’ll post it🙂
Another food thankful: I splurged on a humongous pizza (Domino’s) to celebrate completion of National Poetry Month. Delight in every bite!
Final food note: Cinco de Mayo is Tuesday, so I’ll be making black bean dip! Stay tuned for results🙂
d) Grateful for a good message on “Attitude”, last week at online church. Not to boast, but it’s gratifying when a preacher’s talking and you realize you’ve matured sufficiently to be on the same page with him🙂 The three attitudes he noted are “false positivism”, “hopeless pessimism”, and “triumphant realism”. I used to live in the 2nd group, and despised the first one —well, hallelujah, I’m now a triumphant realist!!
The pastor spoke of Abraham Lincoln…who really deserved a gold statuette for “Perseverance”. Prior to his assassination, President Lincoln endured myriad setbacks throughout his personal and professional life, with heroic resilience.
And here’s a quote from Franklin D Roosevelt: “A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.” Many of you know it’s difficulties which make our character great, IF we have the right attitude. The pandemic is not only a stormy sea—it offers a classroom. Life’s challenges will continue affording us opportunity to polish our attitudes, and emerge as stalwart seamen (and women)🙂
e) I’m running long on words, so I’ll finish with my repeated, yet no-less-sincere gratitude for God’s faithful and generous goodness toward me. And for my nonpareil readers!
A million thank-you’s to all who visit, read and comment—your presence adds sparkle to my days. Now, as Tracy Ullman used to say at the end of her TV program, “go home, go home!”
God bless you hugely♥ See you next week (or tomorrow)! Rhen
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