I am thankful –
For the wife who says it’s hot dogs tonight
Because she is home with me,
And not out with someone else.
For the husband,
Who is on the sofa being a couch potato
Because he is home with me
And not out at the bars.
For the teenager
Who is complaining about doing dishes
Because it means she is at home, not on the streets.
For the taxes I pay
Because it means I am employed.
For the mess to clean after a party
Because it means I have been surrounded by friends.
For the clothes that fit a little too snug
Because it means that I have enough to eat
For my shadow that watches me work
Because it means I am out in the sunshine
For a lawn that needs mowing
Windows that need cleaning
And gutters that need fixing
Because it means I have a home.
For all the complaining
I hear about the government
Because it means we have freedom of speech.
For the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot
Because it means I am capable of walking
And I have been blessed with transportation.
For my huge heating bill
Because it means I am warm.
For the lady behind me in church who sings off key
Because it means I can hear.
For the pile of laundry and ironing
Because it means I have clothes to wear.
For the weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day
Because it means I have been capable of working hard.
For the alarm that goes off
In the early morning hours
Because it means I am alive.
And finally for too much email
Because it means I have friends who are thinking of me.