Thursday, October 11, 2007

I am thankful for...

Hubby makes a moot point that I am forever complainative. That I can complain about everything. Even about the choices that I have made myself.

So let me put the record straight and put down in writing the things I am thankful for.

Healthy Happy Son:
Thank You God for a child that is healthy and happy. So he's a little late on the talking milestone. But he blabbers and says a number of words. And its a start. I keep hoping and praying that he will gush out soon.

Transparent Husband:
Who cant keep any secrets from me. Though I love to be surprised with lil stuff - and he just cant make that happen. But at least there are no shocks that he has in store for me.

Comfortable Life:
O it is more than comfortable. Yes, in the last year and half we've traveled like crazy but its tapering off now. And wherever we've traveled we've always stayed more than comfortably. And i got to see the world and stay in so many different places.

Easy Life:
No matter how much I complain about Riyadh and its twisted rules, life sure is simple there. I have a maid to do housekeeping. I have another lady ready to do cooking for me (though I havent fallen for that yet). Every other day, I get asked if I need someone to care for the lil patch of garden I have or to wash hubby's car or to babysit sonny. And all these services are so damn cheap - it takes guts of iron to say 'no thank you, I can manage'.

Cool In-laws:
I am such a 'jhalli' - and I really dont know of an apt English translation of that word. I think simplistic would be the positive spin on it. And they've just taken me as I am. My un-co-ordinated stuff, my lack of cooking skills, my laid-back approach to stuff. And yet they've just showered so much love and affection on me. My father-in-law makes sure I have my chaat-sessions (bhel puri, paani puri, dahi puri - the works) every time I am here. Mom-in-law bares her wardrobe for me to pinch clothes from. This one I am truly truly eternally grateful to God for.

Most loving friends:
I am so laid-back that if it werent for C and M - my closest buddies, knocking me on my head every few days with a mail or phone call or patiently waiting for me to get back - I would have lost them forever. And really they my most treasured finds. Thank you God for them and keep them safe.

My blog pals:
I was lonely and friendless in the cold of Boston. I created a blog and so many delightful moms (and non moms) showed up. Some giving me guidance. Some re-assurance. Some stating facts that I really ought to have seen. Some laughing at my bumbling efforts at being a mom. And some dropping a line or two asking me where I have been, if I havent posted for a while. Thank you God for these wonderful women (and the odd man or two).

My parents:
They've always given me the ample space I've needed - and the advice. Never interfered in my married life or in my motherhood efforts. Always asking if I'm happy. Always praying for me. Thank You God for them.

Being a Mother:
It was never planned and I have complained non-stop through it. The breast-feeding problems, the unslept nights, the unwashed hair and the stretch marks, the aches and pains....they've all been complained for and yet the end result has been loved and cherished. Thank you God for giving me this wonderful opportunity.

My Extended Family:
Sisters in law who are more sisters than in laws, cousins who I've spent so many unproductive evenings with, cousins who I went shopping with, uncles who know of my every like and dislike, aunts who still remember that I love their achars, a grandmom who still calls me 'baby', for all of them - I thank you God. So there were a few nasty aunts, a few khadoos uncles, well - they made the others seem good by contrast :)

And now that I think about it - I want to thank God for every little obstacle, every little twist he put in my life. Because with all of them, inspite of all of them, my life really is not worth complaining about.

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36 Comments:

At 3:48 PM, Blogger Fuzzylogic said...

I have a litte something with your name on it at my blog..perhaps you would hop over and check it out:)

 
At 9:28 PM, Anonymous Twisted DNA said...

"My blog pals:"
Hmm... you sure it is not an obligatory mention :P

 
At 2:04 AM, Blogger Usha said...

Very nice post. Makes me want to think of all the pluses in my life. I think a sure recipe for happiness is to make a mental list of all these and begin your day and end it being thankful for them.
I am so happy to know that there are so many nice people in your life. ( present company included...ahem...)

 
At 8:06 AM, Blogger Drama Div@ said...

I am alive and well. I thank God for that...

 
At 12:14 AM, Blogger The Perfect 10 said...

finally.. the thanks that we were all waiting for all these years.. my dear woman, some things, C and I accepted as our destiny, one of them being to wait for you, even if it seems like it normally takes ages.. so see you soon...

 
At 4:29 PM, Blogger Poppins said...

Very nice STS, I should do a similar one, and paste it everywhere!

 
At 1:16 AM, Blogger Itchingtowrite said...

great one! when u r in despair it really helps to think abt such things to be thankful abt- i do that too when things r particularly stressful. on the badge- just click on the fotograph- then save it on your desktop and then insert the photo asa regular photo u do in blogger posts

 
At 9:50 PM, Blogger Thinking aloud... said...

glad i came by...u said it all, for all teh complaining we do, life is really not that bad :)

 
At 1:37 AM, Blogger WhatsInAName said...

Lovely Post.
Its so easy to find problems in our life.... you dont even need to find them. They seem everywhere. But how many times have we sat and counted the blessings.

A timely post and prompts me to do something like this!

 
At 7:47 AM, Blogger Alan said...

How did you know I was odd?

 
At 7:04 AM, Blogger artnavy said...

that was beautiful

we really do have a lot to be thankful for

and let me tell U i always LOVED your dress sense and impecabble fit that your clothes always had and so WELL ironed

 
At 1:49 AM, Blogger Itchingtowrite said...

tagged

 
At 10:09 PM, Anonymous C said...

That was a really touching post...and of course, the fact that M and I were in it! ;) Something to think about - you have a big role to play in the fact that people around you are nice and loving. It's because you're just a wonderful, warm, sensitive and beautiful person too. And I'm thankful for you and M in my life!

 
At 9:30 AM, Blogger NainaAshley said...

A very nice and heartfelt post. Makes one stop and count one's blessings. Came here from dotmom's blog. Will visit often. Nice blog.

 
At 7:36 AM, Blogger B o o said...

Can you mail to boobabytalk@gmail.com asap please? Sorry to spam your comment box. Dont have your email id.

 
At 9:26 AM, Blogger How do we know said...

this is such a lovely post! :-)

 
At 5:53 AM, Blogger artnavy said...

where are you??all fine?

 
At 9:20 AM, Blogger the mad momma said...

beautiful beautiful post... but why the silence? all well?

 
At 11:09 AM, Blogger Fuzzylogic said...

Hi STS!Where have you disappeared?Hope everything is allright.

 
At 4:08 PM, Blogger Orchid said...

first, looks like thanks giving's come early at your end this year :) but a nice post.
second, where are you?

 
At 2:38 AM, Blogger Just Like That said...

Happy Diwali to you and yours, STS.

Missing your presence in blogdom...Hope all is well:-)

 
At 1:15 PM, Blogger Fuzzylogic said...

STS,where are you girl??hope the diwali sounds get you back in action soon:)

 
At 1:30 AM, Blogger How do we know said...

:-) this is such a sweet post.. inspires me also to start thanksgiving!

 
At 4:41 PM, Blogger Tharini said...

Tagged StS. Hope all is ok. No posts from you in over a month. Please write soon. Lots of love.

http://winkiesways.blogspot.com/2007/11/more-sunrises-and-gift-hands.html

 
At 4:20 AM, Blogger That Armchair Philosopher said...

:) Lovely post.

Its one of those which really makes you feel warm and fuzzy actually, to be slightly cliched..

but where ARE you?

 
At 1:27 AM, Blogger iz said...

Awww! You go girl!

 
At 2:05 PM, Blogger Anitha(Nikki's mom) said...

Been reading your posts for a while and this is the first time I am delurking. You lived in "Boston", me too.

 
At 12:31 AM, Blogger karmickids said...

Lovely post. Point noted, we should always make out a list of things we are thankful for. Keeps life in perspective....

 
At 2:31 AM, Blogger artnavy said...

happy 2008!!

 
At 2:27 PM, Blogger Tharini said...

Sts : Where are you??? Why no posting? All is well I hope. Please write soon. Take care.

 
At 2:02 AM, Blogger iz said...

Awwww! Maya Angelou says that a joyful heart is a sign of a grateful spirit. I too try to live that.

 
At 12:18 AM, Blogger Just Like That said...

STS, you last post was in Oct! Its Feb now. Where are you? I hope all is well with you.
Missing you...

 
At 1:35 AM, Blogger Just Like That said...

STS you've been tagged. hop over to my blog?

 
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At 7:12 AM, Blogger ~nm said...

Where are you girl?

 
At 8:11 AM, Blogger Poppins said...

STS, hope all is well? Do write a line atleast to let us know how you are???

 

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