Finding gratitude

Despite everything that’s going on at the moment I try to be grateful for the good things. That can be very hard right now.

But it has struck me how lucky I am to be spending time with my boys. At 20 and nearly 17, they are now young men with their own lives. Soon they’ll be off my hands and making their own way in the world.

But at the moment we’re all here together. They’ve made a badminton net for us to play in the garden. They’ve helped me wash the dog, jet wash the patio, start to sort out the shed, cut back the ivy. We’ve watched films together – especially old favourites. We’ve played board games – I’d forgotten how competitive Monopoly gets in our house. We’ve had dinner together every night, taking it in turns to cook. We’ve walked the dog – together and individually.

It’s not all been a bed of roses – we’ve all had up and down days. And we’ve done our own thing as well – university/college work for them, development training for me. They’ve played on the Playstation together while I’ve read a book.

It struck me the other day that I’ll never get time like this with them again.

In the midst of all the uncertainty and fear in the world right now, I believe I have lots to be grateful for. The amazing NHS and key workers who are looking after us. The technology that allows me to keep in touch with my partner, my family and my friends.

But on this Easter Sunday, a day when as a wider family we would normally get together, I am grateful that this pandemic has given me time with my children that I will cherish and remember for the rest of my life.

What are you grateful for today?

Photo by annac-1564471 from Pixabay
12 April 2020

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