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Cindy Maddera


I sat down twice this week to write a little more about my trip to Atlanta. I have deleted every thing that I started on this subject as well as an entry on how excited I get when I go vote. It's like the words are stuck or they come out so slowly that they don't form coherent sentences. You know how sometimes you say a word over and over and over and then that word doesn't sound right in your ears any more? That's how I've felt about everything I've written this week. Heck...I've deleted this entry four times already (not really). I have these little snippets of things from that trip that don't make-up whole entries on their own, but don't really flow together. I feel this away about many things that are happening in my life right now. There's just not enough of just one thing to tell a whole story. Normally this would bother me. It would make me feel too random and out of control and we know how I feel about being out of control. But I don't feel out of control at all. I just have a house full of burning candles. Each candle on it's own is just one insignificant flame and easily blown out. Put them all together and you get a pretty bright warm and fuzzy light. I am thankful for all these little snippets of good things in my life. There have been mornings this week where I've been driving to work and the most perfect song will be playing. When I turned on the car to drive to the polls Tuesday morning, my favorite Electric Guest song was playing and I car danced my way over to my polling place. I've found myself alone in an elevator dancing to Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. And I'm thankful. I'm thankful for this music. I am thankful for the memories I'm holding onto from a good trip. I am thankful for each candle.

I cannot end this entry without saying something about Misti. Her birthday is tomorrow and she's taking the GRE. I am so happy for her new happiness and I am so proud of her and I know she will do just fine. I am thankful for her. I am thankful for old and new friends. I am thankful for new babies (our friend Amy in Australia had a cute little boy this week). And I'm always thankful for you. Have a great weekend everyone and a perfectly Thankful Friday.