T is for…

Count your blessings, name them one by one…


I’m using Thursday posts to focus on thankfulness — and instead of counting blessings, I’m challenging myself to come up with them alphabetically.  (You can find the rest of the posts in this series here.)

Welcome to week!


This week I am thankful for  TRAVEL.

When I was a kid, my parents set aside vacation days and money (and for many years, there wasn’t much of that), and each summer we would take a 2-week vacation.

Now I could discuss how this vacation usually involved piling 4 kids and 2 adults who did not get along very well into the Chevy Impala station wagon, traveling hundreds of miles each day in a vehicle which was not air-conditioned but which did have black vinyl seats…  but this is about thankfulness, not fighting brothers or fighting parents or yours truly who was easily nauseated in moving vehicles.

What I gained from those summer trips was a feel for much of the United States — and impressive bragging rights. By the time I was 21 years old, I had spent at least a tiny bit of time in each of the fifty states.  We made several long treks to the Canadian Rockies (we would spend a week camping near Banff, hiking each day in a different place and then returning to the old tent trailer at night) and an equal number of visits down the coast to Disneyland. I’ve been to Yosemite National Park and Yellowstone National Park.  We took one epic 3-week-long vacation to Alaska in 1978, riding the ferry from Seattle to Skagway, then driving from Haines to Fairbanks and on to Anchorage before driving back down through Canada.  You simply can’t put a price on that experience and I am extremely thankful to have it in my past and in my memory.

This weekend I am driving a much shorter distance north (not quite all the way to Canada) and spending a few days working on craft projects. Last Saturday was a scrapbooking day here in town; this weekend is for beading and card-making and generally time spent away from home.  I’m thankful to be able to take advantage of this opportunity.

What are you thankful for this week?