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I caught a cold during our trip to visit my family in North Carolina. I rarely get sick, so at first I thought it was allergies from the wildfire smoke in the area; I just couldn’t understand why I seemed to be bothered by it when Jeff seemed to have no issue.
Then my throat got REALLY raw and my teeth hurt and I was achy and hot and I couldn’t sleep. I am not kidding when I say that discovery of nyquil in Jeff’s toiletries kit saved me a couple nights ago.
But it’s funny how it works: when something doesn’t hurt, we take it for granted. Breathing without sinus pain, for example. Or swallowing without feeling like I ate glass. Or sleep.
It got me thinking about all the things that I am so grateful for but take for granted most of the time.
I am grateful that I grew up in intellectual and economic privilege, where it was assumed I would get my college (and by and large, my master degree, too).
I am grateful I have a career where I will likely always be able to find a job.
I am grateful that I am largely healthy and can do things I love – like triathlon – with relative ease.
I am grateful that I have a loving and supportive husband who works hard to support our family in all ways.
I am grateful beyond measure that we had access to the medical technology who gave us our son.
I am grateful that we live a life where I can actually contemplate all the things I’m grateful for on a daily basis.
I hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving as well.