Day 225 - Sunday Satisfaction
Monday, July 13, 2015
It was a really good weekend helping my parents move into their new apartment. My sister Janet and I bonded over our mutual desire to help my folks declutter and get rid of years of collecting without a focus and the inability to throw things away. We had about 3 bags of recyclable paper to send to the bin, and it was all good. I brought a few boxes back with me to Clearlake to put into our blue can as well. We got most of the house cleared out, including the garage, but still managed to bring about 6 boxes of stuff back to my dad's office/guest room to sort through before the end of the year.
So in the spirit of major housecleaning, here's what I'm grateful for this week:
...my parents had activities to get them away from the move (a wedding on Saturday, a hair appointment on Sunday) so that we could get things done without their involvement/interference.
...knowing that my sister and I are in sync about my folks and their health and well-being. We both see how they are declining, but know that we are united in ensuring that their care if the best that it can be.
...making friends with people who might not be what we expect. It is so easy to perceive of people based on what we know about them (their religious fervor, for example) and make judgments. It's nice to know that we can accept each other and cherish our mutual goals, even if we might differ on a point or two.
...having an understanding spouse who has his own expectations of the focus of our conversations when i get home, and then seeing how exhausted I am after the weekend, agreeing to table the discussion for a later time.
...the look of love from my dogs when I get home from a weekend away. I try not to forget how much their unconditional love means to me, because they give it so freely. It is one of the most wonderful blessings I can experience. I just need to remember it on a daily basis.
Have a wonderful week, friends, and cherish the blessings that you have in your lives. They enrich us all!