You Really Need To Be Thankful


Today, something happened that made me think about the things I’m grateful for.  A fellow blogger and friend, Bill, had to put his precious Boston Terrier, Otis, to sleep.  I cried my eyes out at work reading this story.  Bill’s pain is truly evident in his writing and it was so heartbreaking to read.  I can’t imagine what he is going through right now and my thoughts are with him.  I made a little hat for Otis during the winter to keep his little ears warm. I will certainly miss hearing about him.

I came home and just hugged my little Chester.  I love to put him against my face and feel his warm, soft fur on my cheeks.  He has a really good, warm smell 🙂 That’s how K and I describe it. He rarely ever smells bad and this, plus his softness, plus the purring is just awesome.  I told K about Bill’s story and he said, which is rare for K to say, that he would be so sad when Chester passes.  I don’t know why we did this to ourselves, letting in a loving little being into our lives knowing that he won’t live that long.  All I can hope is to give him a good life while he’s here.  Goodness knows, he’s giving us a heck of a time.  I found one of the few pictures we have of him as a kitten and it’s the one of him in the dishwasher.  He was so, so precious as a kitten.  He still is, but kittens are just beyond cute to me.

This is a picture of Chester now:



Still as funny as ever.  I’m thankful that I am able to have the joys of a fur baby in my life.

I complain a lot about my life, mostly to my mom.  Nothing major, just stupid things that don’t really matter one day to the next.  I really have a lot to be thankful for.  I wrote a list of things that I’m thankful for and this isn’t exhaustive, but it’s a try.  Here it goes.

I’m thankful for:

  1. My loving partnership with my best friend, K
  2. Having a family that is loving and supportive
  3. Having a mom and dad that never left me without and who always provided
  4. Having loving, close relationships with my brother and sister
  5. Chester and having had the opportunity to adopt a shelter animal
  6. Having a nice place to live with nice things
  7. Being able to afford basic necessities
  8. Being able to afford the occasional unnecessary thing 🙂
  9. The freedoms I have as an American woman
  10. Being able to freely love anyone of my choosing, regardless of nationality, race, religion, sex, etc.
  11. Having a full-time job that I mostly enjoy or at least doesn’t kill me physically
  12. Having a college degree
  13. Having straight teeth
  14. Having good health (mostly)
  15. Being young with few obligations to stay in one place
  16. Having a naturally good physique, thanks mom
  17. My intelligence
  18. The ability to crochet 😀
  19. Being able to drive and to have my own car
  20. Being able to share with all of you!

Well, I think that’s a pretty good list.  I’m going to get back to crocheting my Molang 😀

Before you leave, feel free to share with me the things you are thankful for in the comment section or in an email via the contact form below 🙂




37 thoughts on “You Really Need To Be Thankful

  1. Chester is a kitty to be thankful for. I read the story of Otis, and I probably would have treated him. I choose treatment over euthanasia if the animal will have a decent life. Treatment is a real commitment and usually expensive, but what is money for if you don’t use it to give the people and animals you love a better life?

  2. I remember when I was so negatively focused on my son Billy’s autism diagnosis, then he got sick. Whilst in hospital he stopped breathing and his heart stopped, my world changed from that moment and luckily the doctors were able to revive him. Since then I appreciate every moment. Good moments goes without saying but even the bad times are appreciated for the important lessons and self growth they hold.
    RIP Otis x

  3. I have a million things to be thankful for, many of which you listed and including my wonderful children, but I have to say one of the first things that came to my mind after reading your post was that I am thankful for YOU. Megan you always make me smile and it warms my heart to know there are people like you in the world. So thank you! 🙂 ❤

    1. That’s too sweet of you 🙂 I’m thankful for you kindness and your continued support of my blog 🙂 It’s not always easy to recognize the things that we are thankful for, but it’s good to take some time, sit down, and really think about them 🙂

  4. Though he may not be among us anymore. i am grateful to have known him. My best freind the bulldog Milo. I do miss the little bugger even now almost two years later.

    I am thank full for every little thing in the world that makes me smile and enjoy life.
    Keep on smiling Super Megan and looking forward seeing Molang finished. Woohoo

    1. Aw, Milo sounds so cute 🙂 I find bulldogs especially endearing. And yes, it is good to be thankful for the little things, especially those that can bring smiles to our faces.

  5. I love to look at my thankful list because it never stop. Even those hard things can be turned into something good, I have a lot to be thankful about, thanks for reminding me through this blog post 🙂

    I’m sorry to hear about the loss, that is always too sad 😦

  6. I think we ‘do this’ to ourselves because we need someone to love, someone who won’t drop us just because we’re inconvenient or we embarrass them or something.

    I’m grateful for my Usako too, even when she’s practicing her clawing on my feet in the middle of the night.

  7. A thankful list is always helpful. You should think of doing Ten Things of Thankful (TToT). You can find the links to it on my blog. And Chester is cute in the dishwasher, and reminds me of my pup, who likes to put her front two feet up on the door and sniff sniff sniffs around. 😀

  8. I was so sad to read that poor man’s blog posts about his dog. Ugh! Thank heavens you at least provided an ample dose of too much cuteness, with tiny Chester. Dang he’s so cute!

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