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Cindy Maddera


It was always my brother Randy's job to hide the Easter eggs for us when Janell and I were little. It was my favorite thing especially if the weather was nice and he could hide the eggs outside. There were so many good egg hiding places in our yard that it really did make it a hunt to find the eggs. I loved it. I can remember begging him to hide the eggs again and again and he always did it. Today is Randy's birthday. I don't beg him to do things for me any more. In fact, I rarely even ask. But when I do ask him to do something, he always does. Always. You would think that our age difference would be a strain on our relationship, but it never has. I've always thought that if I were to do a StoryCorp project, I would interview my brother. I'd ask him about the time before I came along and what it was like to be sixteen and have your parents bring home a new baby. I am thankful for his willingness to be there when I need him, but I'm more thankful for just his general presence in my life.

Little bird

What else? This week has been an odd one. I thought Tuesday was Monday. Wednesday I said something about having lunch for tomorrow and Thursday. Apparently I didn't realize Wednesday was Wednesday. I thought for sure Thursday was Friday and mildly disappointed to realize it wasn't. But despite all of this I managed to get on my yoga mat every day except one. This is something that I can really be thankful for because I'm pretty sure I'd be walking around like the Hunchback of Notre Dame without it. This week I also discovered that my rice cooker has a delay start button. I put all of the makings for kitchari into the rice cooker, including a steamer basket full of greens and it was all cooked and ready by the time I got home. Thankful doesn't even begin to describe how I feel about that little discovery.

I am thankful for the promise of Spring like weather this weekend. I am thankful for Jeff who will come fix my gutter (I've been prying my garage door open every morning with a crowbar because it keeps freezing shut). I am thankful for good things that have happened to good friends this week. And I am thankful for you.

Here's to a perfectly pleasant weekend and a very Thankful Friday! is Friday right?