We all need to take a moment every once in a while to consider just how thankful we could (and should) be. Everyone is super busy and the little, important things get overlooked, buried in the hectic-ness of life.

I also had a revelation recently. Quite by accident, I found out who Honest Toddler’s mom is. And…she’s American (I knew this) who is living in Canada! Did you know this? I did not know this. And she came out of anonymity!

Such a joy to read her tweets. Both before and now!

This weekend, spent not at home but at various rinks, made me realize that I have much to be thankful for. For the sake of accountability (note to self: go read it when you feel down and overwhelmed), I listed it here in my blog.

I am thankful that:

My kids do chores, and sometimes even without asking (or repeating).

This is a small miracle and didn’t happen overnight, but there you have it. But listening to other hockey moms tell me how bogged down they are with work and housework, kids leaving a mess and not contributing, it breaks my heart for them. I offer support and tips if they ask me and hope for the best. These moms are my friends and they deserve kids who pitch in just like I have. I hope they have the will to see it through.

Despite a labour disruption, we are not starving (or freezing).

Partly because my mom brings us treats, but partly also because I am capable, and quite willing, to go without and explain why. It has been a good learning experience for the kids in particular although the reality is they are not noticing much disruption to their day to day. But moms are moms and I would probably do the same if I was in a similar position (and, being 75% Italian, I hope they come home to eat when they get hungry!). 🙂

I have a great and ever expanding social circle through the kids sports teams.

I’m a recluse and like spending time home alone. I prefer it to socializing for a variety of reasons. Having said that, I birthed a social butterfly (the girl) and when invitations to join team kids for lunch for someone’s birthday arrive via email, I accept and go along. I rarely regret it and see that we are truly lucky to get to know, and be surrounded by, so many nice, dedicated people. It truly takes a village when you raise a sports family and we are lucky enough to have two (hockey and ringette).

I have much to be thankful for and I sometimes forget when buried in the monotonous day to day stuff. The above items are three that popped into my head while out at various rinks today. This is, therefore, hardly an exclusive list, but there you have it. I am thankful.

To all my American readers and friends:

Happy Thanksgiving!


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