Gratitude Party – Groupons, Granny, and more…

The 5 Things for Which I’m Grateful today:

1. A Groupon for a good restaurant. I ate well today… for cheap! A foodie’s dream.

I’m dating someone.  🙂  So far, so good.  Although, I use the term “dating” loosely.  I like him, he likes me.  That’s about as far as we’ve gotten in terms of making anything “official”, but I’m okay with that.  Anyway, this morning, I got an email from Groupon which amounted to what was basically 50% off dinner and dessert at Miss Mamie’s Spoonbread Too, a soul food restaurant near my house.  I’d walked past this place tons of times, but it doesn’t look like much from the outside.  But since I’m… frugal (diplomatic way of saying “cheap”!), I can’t turn down a good deal.  So I bought the Groupon and suggested that Him and I go to check it out.  We walked in the door and immediately noticed that the small quaint dining room was packed.  We wanted a booth, but they were all filled, so we found a table, and had a seat.  I scooted my chair closer to Him (what can I say, I’m smitten, lol) and we proceeded to enjoy a very delicious soul food dinner.  I had short ribs in brown gravy, collard greens, and macaroni and cheese.  He had fried chicken, collard greens, and mac and cheese.  It was ALL delicious.  And it was a FEAST.  We were stuffed by the end.  When the check came, we paid a pittance for our spoils.  It was a good feeling to be satiated without having to go broke.  For this, I’m grateful.

2. Talking to my mom. She always puts a smile on my face.

My mom is my best friend.  There are days that go by when I don’t speak to anyone on the phone… except for my mom.  Unless there is something really serious preventing her from getting free time, she literally calls me everyday.  It’s so comforting to know that someone out there has your back and will support you no matter what – that person for me is my mama.  I was having a not-so-great day (with the exception of dinner with Him).  I typically do my best to choose happiness on a daily basis, but there are times when I don’t do such a great job of that, and I wind up feeling down.  I’m human, it happens.  But, no matter how down I’m feeling, when I hear my mother’s voice, things just get better.  She always knows exactly what to say.  She loves me unconditionally.  And when I speak to her, I can feel her love for me.  It’s palpable – even through the phone.  I am SO grateful to have a mother like mine who makes me a priority and makes sure that I know that I’m loved.

3. My grandma. She’s a pistol and I’m so glad to have her in my life. ♥

Y’all, my grandmother is a trip.  I can’t even begin to explain how funny she is.  My mother and aunt can’t do a thing with her, but that’s what I love about her.  She’s 84 and she basically lets them know that she not only raised them to be the women that THEY are, but she has also taken care of herself for 84 years.  Grandma always says exactly what’s on her mind whether or not it’s appropriate (another way of saying that she has no “filter” on that mouth, lol).  Once, she was talking trash about someone and I told her what she said was mean.  She said “Baby, I’m not mean, I just tell the truth.  And sometimes the truth hurts.”  Well, alright!  I wish I could say that Granny’s sassiness came with age, but… she’s been this way as long as I can remember!  She lives in an assisted living community, which operates like a high school!  People gossip about each other, there are cliques, and, unfortunately, there are bullies.  Her assigned seat in the dining hall was across from a man named Jean Pierre who Granny said was a bully.  Now, I’m not exactly sure what he did or said to Grandma, but whatever it was, she didn’t like it.  Next thing I know, Granny lost her dining room privileges.  I called her to get the scoop on what happened.  She said, “I brought my scissors to the dining room and put them on the table and I told Jean Pierre that if he came near me, I was going to put a mark on him!”  Their waitress told her she had to put away the scissors or she wouldn’t be allowed to sit there.  Needless to say, Granny left.  That’s my girl.  She don’t play around!  She’s my only surviving grandparent, and I value the fact that she’s my connection to my past, and her wisdom will help me into my future.  I’m so blessed to still have her in my life… in all her fiesty glory.

4. Quality time in the City with someone very special – Time flies when you’re having fun!

Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time with Him and everyday things get better and better.  What’s even more exciting is the fact that we’ve had New York City as our backdrop.  The City is such an amazing place with so much to offer, and we’ve had lots of fun on the cheap.  There’s nothing more magnificent than spending time with someone special in such a magical place.

5. Naps! I had a good one today. 🙂

When I was a kid, I couldn’t take naps.  It was like my body just wouldn’t allow me to settle down when the sun was still high in the sky.  I remember when I was in nursery school, all the other kids would be asleep on their cots and I’d toss and turn, toss and turn.  Finally, the teacher would allow me to get up and I’d help her decorate the classroom, or clean up the blocks… whatever needed to be done.  Then, I got to college and discovered the joy of taking a good nap.  I’d grown up in the suburbs where we drove a car to do EVERYTHING.  Need to run to the post office two blocks away?  Get in the car and drive there.  It would never occur to us to walk.  So when I got to my college and started walking across the rolling hills to get to my classes, I would be exhausted by the afternoon.  It was at those times that my bed would be calling me.  I couldn’t keep my eyes open!  It got to the point where it was impossible for me to make it through the day without a nap.  Imagine my disappointment when I got to law school and didn’t have time for naps.  I was miserable!  Once I joined the ranks of the work force, naps became even more elusive.  So now, whenever I can catch a few moments of sleep during the day, I jump at the chance.  Today, I took a good one.  I laid on my couch, wrapped in my Snuggie and slept like a champ.  Let’s hope it helps me knock the edge off the week.

I was grateful for many other things today as well, but these brought me the most joy.

What are you grateful for today?  Here’s your invitation to the Gratitude Party!


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