Weekend Assignment # 245: Give Thanks
Thanksgiving is upon us, the time of year when we’re asked what we’re thankful for. Let’s take the opportunity to interpret this literally, and actually thank someone! Tell us about someone in your life, past or present, whom you would like to thank for what they did, and why.
Given the way the second half of 2010 has gone, it wasn’t hard for me to decide who deserves special thanks this year, and the fact that I dislocated my shoulder AGAIN last weekend just reinforced it. I have operated at a diminished one-armed capacity at times, and I have been fortunate to have people around who’ve accommodated and tried to make things easier for me. I especially appreciate their putting up with me because I’m an annoying combination of neediness and control issues; I’ll ask for your help, but I hate to keep asking, so if I’ve been waiting a while I’ll go ahead and do it myself anyway (even if I probably shouldn’t).
|Meet my new companion, the Ultrasling!|
My coworkers: I’ve been at my current job for over seven years and am senior person in my department. I’ve been allowed to work flexible schedules and work from home when I’ve had medical appointments and/or no transportation to the office, and my boss – who commutes from the same suburb that I do – has offered to drive me to and from work himself if needed. I don’t like having to ask for special treatment, but I do thank them all for providing it!
My sister: The “stay at home mom” who’s almost never at home has chauffered me to medical appointments, filled out paperwork, taken care of errands for me, and made sure I didn’t have to miss lunch. I moved to SoCal after my first marriage ended because my extended family was here, and I’ve had even more reason than usual to appreciate them this year!
My husband: Actually, let me have him tell you this himself (via Facebook): “He must be an absolute saint to cook and clean and shop and, well, everything else he does while you heal up. You should do something really nice for him when you are all better.” I’m sure I will (insert eyebrow wiggle here)! But in all seriousness, my incapacitating injuries have forced him to make a fair amount of adjustments and additions to his normal routines, and he’s done it all with a smile. I’m sure the best way to thank him for all he’s done would be to stay injury-free next year, and I will certainly try to do that, but in the meantime, I hope this very public thank-you note will do – I’m really glad he’s been here through all this craziness!
If you have someone special to thank this year, do it via this Weekend Assignment! Here’s how: