R.L. SAUNDERS

writer attempting real life in the middle of everybody else's vacation

GrAttitude (or, same title I use every year around this time)

on November 16, 2012

I haven’t done the 30 days of thankfulness thing, and I’m not doing NaNoWriMo (www.nanowrimo.org). The pressure squelches my creativity, or something.

But I am still writing. And I’m grateful for lots.

For example, I’m grateful for my kids’ teachers, especially the preschool teacher. You couldn’t pay me enough to do that job. Preschool is one huge festival of snot, from my perspective. But there she is, day after day, smiling and welcoming our little boogereaters as the smell of bleach wafts disinfectingly through the doorway. Her attitude is good, too, which is weird. I can only assume she’s thankful for the killer immune system our mucus-leaking angels are helping her build.

Speaking of attitudes, I’m grateful for my family. The writing and publishing process is just plain slow, with no promise of a payoff outside the satisfaction of a job well done. So, we live on one income for now, and these people never complain about what they sometimes go without. I’d like to take credit for the good attitudes around here, but you’d call bullshit on that right away. Their dry senses of humor and ill-timed sarcasm, though? I take credit for those. All day.

Oh, and I’m grateful to live in Key West. I’ve done a lot of whining about it, especially after that one hurricane (not even going to say that bitch’s name) took most of our worldly possessions several years ago. But they call this island “paradise” for reasons that aren’t lost on me. I’d try harder to articulate it, but as cliché as it sounds, I think you just have to be here to understand. Suffice to say that it’s less about the ocean and the perfect winter weather and more about the sorts of people who make this place home. It’s the attitude with which they approach life.

Maybe east coast people affected by Sandy are feeling equally smug and lucky to be  living among such awesome neighbors. And rightly so, from what I’ve heard about communities pulling together up there. Talk about good attitudes.

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5 responses to “GrAttitude (or, same title I use every year around this time)

  1. dooda day says:

    LIKE button..where are you…Thumbs up Rhonda!

  2. Thanks! Last post made me feel a little like a Debbie Downer. So much to be thankful for, you know?

  3. MaryWitzl says:

    It’s good to cultivate a grateful spirit. Not easy, but good. Trying to do that myself in spite of endless rain, a leaky roof and buckling plaster: (a leaky roof is better than no roof).

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