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Cindy Maddera

I was prepared to write a thankful Friday entry dealing with how thankful I'll be that this week is over. How I was looking forward to a weekend of cleaning (yes...looking forward to that) and sleeping and finally taking some time to come up with a more inspiring food plan. Meals of late have been ho-hum. Instead, it looks like I will be heading back to Alabaster Caverns on Saturday to look for my mom's cat.

As Chris and I discussed the prospects of climbing through caves searching for a cat, I looked at him and said "tomorrow's Thankful Friday". He just laughed and said that I better "dig deep". So, this morning, I plugged in my iPod and headed out for my daily walk and to think about what I am thankful for today.

  • I am thankful for the music I have on my iPod. The music I've been listening to lately just makes me happy. The lyrics and the beats makes my body hum and zing. It makes my steps and heart lighter.

  • I am thankful for this beautiful bright blue day. I always enjoy my walks better when I don't have to do my inside track that takes me through smelly hospital hallways. Plus Chris and I were both able to ride our scooters in to work this morning. His scooter has been out of commission for almost two months. I've missed those morning rides with him.

  • I am thankful for my health. I realize that I am the least likely of the bunch to walk away from tomorrow's caving adventure crippled. Of course I probably just cursed myself with that sentence.

  • I am thankful for the opportunity to spend time with my family. OK, so it's under some pretty crappy circumstances. But the park rangers are allowing us to search the cave off of the main trail (as long as we have hard hats). Not many people get the chance to explore caves off the main trail. I think the boys are going and they'll love it. This could turn out really good.

I had also asked around on facebook and twitter about what you may be thankful for today. It turns out that we are pretty much thankful for similar things. Some days it may seem like a challenge to be grateful, but even the simplest thing is something not to be taken for granted.

Have a great weekend! And a Thankful Friday.