My list of the people, places and things I appreciate could go on for pages. They all stem from where, how and who raised me. The lifestyle and upbringing I consider myself lucky to have been a part of.
Here are some of my thankful thoughts. Each could be expounded upon in volumes, but, for today, a single sentence on each is a reminder for me to reflect on how fortunate I am.
- Being born into a family that lived in a rural part of the country.
- Having parents from diverse cultural backgrounds.
- Self sufficiency was a way of life.
- Treadle sewing machines were common.
- Coal oil lanterns lit the rooms at night.
- Playing outside was something you did come rain, shine, snow and cold.
- Television and telephones were a luxury.
- The radio brought the entertainment, news, and latest hits.
- Manners were expected.
- Respect for elders, other people and their property was a given.
- Families enjoyed the evening meal together.
- Board games resulted in rousing challenges and much laughter.
- You new your neighbours and could depend on them.
- Boys got into fights that ended in black eyes and fat lips.
- People read books and cherished the volumes they kept on the shelf.
- People wrote letters and mailed them.
- Going out for dinner was a special occasion.
- Learning to drive on gravel roads.
- Overcoming the lurch caused by not engaging the clutch long enough to shift gears.
- Working hard, playing hard, enjoying each day to the fullest.
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