I know for certain that it it still Thursday on the west coast of North America, so with that I post this Thankful Thursday.
- Last week, I reflected on how short life can be, and what a gift it is. Like I mentioned, our family had experienced a scare, and I’m here to thank God for protecting my family from the events of last Wednesday. When a scare is over, and the panic dies down, life pretty much resumes, but in this case there were little “hiccups”, that had us consulting with doctors after the original incident. Things are not yet perfect but wow, I will thank God from the bottom of my heart for preserving this life. Thank you!
- One of my TMINDs is getting married! Remember the guy who insisted we meet at McDonald’s? He’s found his lady love and he is going to marry her this year! I’m happy because he is such a great guy, with a lot of faith in God. Whenever I talk to him, his faith creeps into the conversation and I feel encouraged by him. When I have a concern and I mention it, I truly believe he will pray for it like he says he will. He wasn’t the guy for me, but now he has been blessed with the woman for him and they will celebrate their love this summer. Yay!
- Another of my TMINDs has found a job! I didn’t write about this guy because there isn’t much to say: we had more of a teasing relationship, kind of like brother and sister, perhaps because he was in Europe while I was here, and because back when I met him (online), I was not a fan of online dating. He recently received his papers to live and work in Canada and is currently about 5 hours drive from me and had been looking for a job for a couple of months now. He will have to move across the country but I am glad that he’s getting established here and his almost-fiancÃ©e will be joining him soon!
- My mother’s cooking. It is absolutely the best. There is nothing she can’t prepare (except puff puff and buns for some reason!). Lock her in a fully stocked kitchen with Yinka Ayefele blaring and you may not hear from her for months! Of course even if she couldn’t boil water, this woman would still be my hero: her boundless energy, the love she oozes for everyone around her, her sharp temper and her physical adorableness are all just too much. I’m sorry I gush about her so much…I do this in person too.
- I’ll be moving out of the family home in a short while. I have lived at home, with my family for almost 30 years! I did not even leave home to attend school. What a blessing that my parents put up with me for that long, and I know they’d let me stay with them for another 30 years if I needed or wanted to. Many did not have the luxury of having a safe roof over their heads, with parents who are intimately concerned with their well-being. I had that and have that and am beyond blessed by this.
I can’t even imagine all of the huge changes I’ll undergo, but I already know that I’ll miss my five family members and not being in on the family gist. However, I know there will be many rewarding and wonderful experiences that will come out of this move, and I’ll be only a 15 minute drive away so I think I’ll survive (but will they survive without me? Do not tell me that the answer is a resounding “Yes”!).
- My ability to sleep. Forget your sleeping skills and how good you think they are: I have you beat. I have fallen asleep on the bus, at work, at church, at my friends’ house, anywhere you can shut your eyes for a moment. I can sleep on the hardest of ground if need be (see our relatives in Naija thinking my sister and I would be pampered princesses!), sitting up or leaning against a wall. One of my colleagues can’t sleep in a bed if it isn’t her own; she even has trouble in a hotel with a lovely king sized mattress. Me, I really don’t need much. I am hoping my unborn pikin (child(ren)) will inherit this super talent from me and exercise this skill and ability from Day 1.
And for the record just because I have fallen asleep in these places doesn’t mean I do regularly. I’m just bragging that I could!
(*Does the title say what I want it to say in Yoruba? I think I heard those words in a song once?)
(Also, thank you for the comments on the last entry. I’m still working on responding to everyone!)