Today I’m thankful for olives.
I don’t remember seeing this happen but my sister swears it’s true and I have no reason to doubt her. Neither of us is fond of olives. Our mother almost inhales them, she enjoys so much. While the two of us were growing up she’d always have a jar of them in the refrigerator. I always gave them a wide berth. My sister would lick the salt from them and replace the olives in the jar. She says she thought the salt was the only reason a well-balanced person would purchase olives. She told this to our mother about a year ago. Our mother responded that she’d always wondered why her olives were so bland.
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Today I’m thankful that I understand how modern aircraft fly.
I do not enjoy flying. I did all right until stuck with my sister on a interminable, turbulent transoceanic flight. She exclaimed “Weeeee!” more than once. I was already unhappy about being crammed in a giant metal cylinder so high in the air that humans would suffocate outside the cabin. She was the final tiny nudge.
I have to fly soon. It’s a personal trip that I didn’t receive much advance notice about. There are no direct flights between the nearest airport and my destination so I’ve got layovers both there and back. I’m not particularly happy to be making the trip. I’ll keep telling myself it’s all about lift.
I love my sister but I don’t travel with her any more than strictly necessary.
This is not me.
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Today I’m thankful for this picture.
There is no deeper meaning here. It’s a picture of pure dog joy and it makes me happy. I couldn’t stop laughing the first time I saw it. The one on the right looks a bit like my sister after trying an avocado. The dog on the left is more like me in the morning. Dogs are about the best damn thing that have happened to humans.
Today I’m thankful that I can sometimes (rarely!) get gooey over things.
Small Human turned three last week. Thing Two will come along around February. Both belong to my sister. I don’t have children. I have no parental instincts whatsoever. And yet, I love Small Human more than I ever thought I’d love anything. I’m actually excited for Thing Two’s arrival. I’m a cynic, but damned if I don’t get sentimental around them. It’ll probably ruin my reputation as a grump.
Today I’m thankful for my grandmother’s apparent ESP.
I know I’ve posted several times about my grandmother. The truth is she’s an evergreen font of inspiration. I’ve worried a bit that she seems a little fantastic, but every thing I’ve written about her is entirely true. Some people you just can’t make up.
She gave me a certain toy when I turned 10. I was a little old to receive it but she’d spent many hours building and finishing it. I played with it for a year or two and then outgrew it. It stayed in my room after because it probably qualifies as an heirloom, not something to get rid of blithely. She agreed to store it for me while I was at university. I thought I’d managed to outrun it. I was wrong. When I moved out she and my grandfather visited, bringing it with them as a “favor.”
Later, I was redecorating. The thing is not small. It is probably about the size of a stool. I couldn’t find a place where it’d be out of the way. My mother suggested it was finally safe to get rid of it. I looked at her, and referring to my grandmother, said “she’d know.” My mother protested, saying Gran would only know if someone told her and none of my family would. My sister immediately entered the argument on my side. Neither of us is entirely sure how, but our grandmother just knows, and never lets the thing go. My mother dropped the subject, seeing that her children believe their grandmother has extrasensory perception. It’s because when things concern her, she does.
Today I’m thankful for my grandmother.
I’m not wholly sure how to describe her. She is gracious, wickedly funny and occasionally terrifying. The woman is a gourmet cook and born hostess who could put Martha Stewart or Mary Berry to shame. She sings like a big band girl singer. She has a habit of mentioning recent local deaths whenever we visit and seems to relish the especially grisly ones.
This tendency was happily displayed the last time my sister visited. I only heard about this after the fact from my father – I was not there. I laughed so hard I went hoarse. Gran told my sister (my father was there as well) about a man in town who had killed his parents. With an axe. A month previously. She’d sat on the information all that time, saving it to tell my sister in person. My sister lives a four hour drive away so it can be a while between visits. I don’t if Gran was in on the joke, thinking “they always say I talk about people dying so I’ll show them” or if she genuinely thought my sister would find the information interesting. She is absolutely canny enough to be in on it but would never admit such a thing. I adore this woman.
Today I’m thankful for a kid’s honesty.
The relevant small human in my life belongs to my sister and is nearly three. Small human is my favorite person in the world. The kid calls it like they see it, and this is in a family that really doesn’t have filters. I wish more people were similarly open.
Today I’m thankful for opportunities to learn about social media notifications.
This happened about a year ago. I have no excuse beyond low-grade technophobia.
I’d noticed that some of my uni friends were travelling and updating their profiles with all the places they visited. I don’t travel as much as I’d like but I’ve been some interesting places and wanted to share them. I spent a hour updating my history and went to bed.
My sister messaged the next morning because she received almost a hundred notifications, all along the lines of “(I) was here!”. I’d apparently missed unchecking that one small box for which notifications I wanted to send. I immediately apologized to everyone and went dark for a week.