gratitude monday 2/11

I am so grateful! I can’t believe it. After 2.5 years of belly pain in the evenings, of painful bloating and gas, I have now had four nights in a row of no pain. Two little chewable enzyme tablets with dinner. I am blessed! I am doing a happy dance. How wonderful to not dread dinner!

I am so grateful! My day with Rose, celebrating her 21st birthday was a miracle of wonderfulness. I prepared a three-page illustrated paper for her, that had stories and pictures of the goddess Freya (one of Rose’s middle names). And I wrote a card for Rose telling her how much I love her. Telling her that I’m continuing to relinquish control, letting go of the idea that it’s my job to teach her anything. That I’m honored every time she asks me for advice and that I love sharing my experience and wisdom with her. And that I welcome her as a beautiful woman walking on the path of life with me.

And of course, I gave her some cash. $108. Double-triple chai. In a lucky red envelope.

We went to take pictures with magnolias in bloom and, once again, couldn’t find any blossoms! Second year in a row. Finally found one tree with a few flowers on it. Took pix. Rose’s boyfriend was with us for the first time on this yearly ritual. I had a great time.

I got to deal with some more control issues when Rose went to order her 21st birthday drink. Tears. Calling a friend. Letting go letting go letting go.

And later, too, when trying to help my sister help my dad with his internet problems. Ended up staying out much longer than I wanted. I handled being volunteered very gracefully, for me. And was able to be light and humorous with my sister, and to communicate my upset to her in a lighthearted way. That’s new!

How wonderful to have sunshine and warm weather. Blessed.

How wonderful to find a store with the jacket I wanted after an intensive search.

Life is lovely!

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