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Cindy Maddera


Last Thursday, we noticed an ominous sound coming from our brakes. Chris, who is already feeling like crap, feel into deeper doom and gloom mode and my stomach started hurting because I had no idea how to make any of it better, Chris or the brakes. So I asked the guys at work about where to go to get brakes repaired and one of them pipped up and said "my garage". And he wasn't kidding. In fact, I stopped by the auto parts store and bought new brake pads that night. Saturday morning, we drove over to his house where he replaced our brake pads and had our rotors taken care of (they have to grind them or something...I don't know) and made sure all our tires were properly aired. All it cost me was a six pack of beer and bottle of Two Buck Chuck. So it should be no surprise that today I am extremely thankful for the kindness of others. A lot of times I have a hard time accepting the kindness and generosity from people around me. If it had been any other day of the week, I probably would have told my friend "no, no, we can't ask you to do that, no". But that day I was vulnerable and he made it easy to say yes. When Chris and I had to make a sudden stop with those new brakes and they actually worked with out making a hideous sound, we both sighed with relief. Being vulnerable opened my up to acceptance and I am truly thankful for that.

I am thankful for Mark's kindness and our new brakes. I am thankful that even though I may not sound better, I feel better. I am thankful that Chris feels just a tinsy bit better. I am thankful for the whole week of vacation I am taking. And I am thankful for you.