Hello, hello once again! Are you ready for another round of the Writing Challenge Q&A? Today’s topic is courtesy of another fellow Stonecoaster, Derek Hoffman. He’s had some blessings of his own recently what with the newest addition to his family and whatnot, so he chose number 12 (“write about 5 blessings in your life”) for me to discuss today. I totally admit that this topic was way more difficult than it should’ve been, mostly because I’ve been overthinking it. My original thoughts just seemed uninspired and simple and things that everyone would say. Then, I realized that none of that matters. They don’t have to be exciting or complex or unique as long as I’m being honest with myself and you all. So, here’s a pretty standard list of my blessings, in no particular order.
1. If you’ve read my blog posts in the past, you knew Stonecoast (the program where I got my MFA) would be on the list. It was the first place where I felt comfortable coming out of my shell. I made some friends for life while I was there. I miss it a lot, but I’m really happy that I got to experience that kind of community. Plus, I got to visit the Harraseeket Inn for three winters because of it! I definitely recommend going there if you get the chance. Anyway, Stonecoast and the whole experience is something I will always hold dear.
2. My parents. It’s overdone, I know, but I have a pretty good reason to include them. Mom took care of me for 25 years. Things may not have been great (or even good) between us, but I really do appreciate that she took care of me. She did everything because I couldn’t do it myself. When she got sick and passed away, Dad took over. And even though I probably don’t say it enough, I appreciate him as well. Plus I get to eat his cooking. That’s basically a blessing in itself.
3. Friends. Yeah, I said it. Without my friends (you know who you are), I wouldn’t be the delightfully creepy person I am today. From the early Interwebz friends to the handful of local real life friends to the Stonecoasters, you guys rock. That is all.
4. The one really weird blessing that people probably won’t understand is the fact that I’m cripple. Don’t get me wrong, it usually sucks, but I know myself and I have a pretty good idea of the type of person I would be if I were “normal.” Let’s just say that I like the person I currently am a lot better. After all, I’d probably be dead or in jail or at least be a cautionary tale if it weren’t for the crippleness, so yeah. It’s as good as it is bad.
5. Pets. I know it’s hard when we lose them, but I wouldn’t give up knowing any of my animals. They enrich our lives in so many ways. They give us unconditional love even when we don’t necessarily deserve it. Pets are wonderful.
Yeah, it’s not a very insightful list, but who cares? It’s mine. What are some of the blessings in your lives?