Thanksgiving Eve

first major snowfall 2011

Today I am thankful that I did not have to cancel my son’s eye doctor appointment. The ice and snow storm they warned about all night happened. There was about 6 inches compacted heavy snow and ice already on the ground. It was still snowing. My mother volunteered to drive her 4-wheel drive vehicle.I would never be allowed to drive her vehicle, even tough I think I am the better driver. We pressed on at a top speed of 35 miles per hour. We passed a vehicle that had already spun off the road, with the staties lights flashing, waiting for a tow truck. I offered to call ahead to see if we could could switch to a later time, someone was sure to cancel. We ventured bravely, if not foolishly. I already had waited over a month to get this appointment, after waiting months to sort out the health insurance coverage. My son breaks his glasses at least once per year. He also needed to have his pupils dilated, not having that test done last year. We made it there, before the eye doctor. She made it after a short wait for us, but a two hour drive for her. I am thankful more brave drivers made it to work safely, even if late. It turned out his eyes are healthy. He has chosen new glasses, and we just wait a few weeks for them to come in. Obviously, we also made it back home.

Round two of dealing with the first major snow of the season. My car ended up stuck in the snowy driveway. The neighbor came down the street with his snow blower and made a path to my car. It would have made it out if it was not for the snow surrounding all the tires, and piled underneath the car. I gave it my best try. It would not even rock back and forth. No problem, I have a personal taxi. “Oh Mom”, she came through again and dropped me off at physical therapy. It was freed up by the time she picked me up. But it did take three able bodied people, not one half crippled.

This year despite all the negative situations I have dealt with, mainly my stroke, I have many things to be thankful for. My three children who have stepped up yet again to help out any way they can. My family close by, Mom, sister, brother-in-law, and niece and the rest of my family that live hours away have been blessings. I have a roof over my head (even though it is not my own) and food on the table. I hope everyone else can be as thankful too.