“Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom.” — Elizabeth Gaskell
April Fool’s Day — always a fun day for those with a sense of humor. However, I have to admit I tend to be a gullible person (just ask my physical therapist) so I was and am often made a ‘fool’ by a joke, prank, or hoax on this annual occasion.
This light-hearted day also has dual meaning within my family since it’s also my father and my birthday. Yes, I was born on April Fool’s Day or also known as All Fool’s Day. For those of you who know me; I can hear your laughs, and many of you saying “that makes a lot of sense!”
Unlike Halloween or Valentine’s Day, April Fool’s Day, which began in the 1500s in France, is a “for-fun-only” observance. Nobody is expected to buy gifts or to take their significant other out to eat in a fancy restaurant…except my husband. Nobody gets off work or school. It’s simply a fun day! And, who hasn’t played a practical joke telling someone their shoe was untied, or placed a ‘kick me’ sign on their sibling’s back, or a more elaborate prank such as setting a roommate’s alarm clock back an hour. Whatever the prank, the trickster ends it by yelling to his victim, “April Fool!” feeling victorious as if the day has been successful. However, what I didn’t know is all jokes are supposed to end by noon or are considered bad luck.
Despite being born on a rather unique day, sharing a birthday with my Dad was and is always enjoyable. We are 30 years apart in age and in many ways a lot alike…too much on some days. We are extremely stubborn and like to have the last word — in fact, it’s kind of like watching an episode of Seinfeld the way our ‘conversations’ can go in circles. Although, if he needed anything (from a kidney to a good tongue lashing) I am there for him and I know he feels the same way. In our family…blood is truly thicker than water.
I thought on this day as I begin to ease closer and rather quickly to a milestone birthday, it was the perfect time to take stock of my blessings. It seems during the last six-plus years, I have been letting Dr. Liar and my spinal cord injury consume my thoughts and life. And, while I have learned and grown as a Christian and an individual, I try very hard to focus on the positives. During this difficult economy and a time where jobs are hard to find, people are lonely, hurting and are feeling lost, I thought by sharing my list it may help others begin to see all they have to be thankful for during both the good and challenging times.
And, since Dad and I haven’t blown the candles out on our yummy low-carb birthday cake yet, I am going to share my wish, which many people believe is also a prayer. My birthday wish is for readers to be healthy, happy and to appreciate the joy in their lives. While I have been through what I thought was the lowest point in my life; I discovered I wasn’t alone; thankfully, God never left my side. And, during that time I learned to celebrate the little things, look for the rainbows following the rain, achieved a better life balance, asked God for what I wanted, but learned he gives me what I need, and to respect all people each and every day. That is my wish for you — to live the same and what a difference you will see…immediately!
Happy Day to you!
I am grateful for: (and these are in no particular order):
— My relationship with God and the way he forgives my sins even when I have difficulty forgiving a certain person
— The most caring and giving husband ever created by God; a daughter who makes me proud every day
— Parents who are young at heart and love each other following 55 years of marriage
— An awesome family who love each other (most days)
— In-laws who still love me even though I moved their ‘Buddy’
— My dogs who love me and the way they know I am injured and want to fix me
— Living near the water and the feeling of peace it gives
— Owning a home in the area where I grew up (and simply owning a home)
— A very, very large extended family, both sides
— Love in my heart
— Music since it helps clear out the cob webs
— Living near family
— Having use of my legs despite enduring a spinal cord injury
— The ability to appreciate and to take the time to notice the beauty around me
— Having a college degree and no student loans — thanks to my Mom and Dad
— Friends who I adore
— My ability to help others and to show compassion
— Financial security and the jobs I had along the way
— Kind people (those you know and the ones you don’t)
— Pedicures, massages; or any pampering since it teaches you to fully relax
— Writing since it helps me cope
— Botox, for pain relief
— Doctors who care even though they are difficult to find
— Country living and being able to see the stars at night
— Being raised Christian, going to church on Sunday’s, Wednesday’s and other days when Mom told us
— Knowing so many of my relatives, including my grandparents
— Scientists who are researching spinal cord injury cure and many other medical conditions
— Technology since it makes it easier for the disabled
— Laughter and the way it can brighten up a day
— Sense of smell, hearing, taste, touch, sight
— Our Tempur-pedic mattress
— Mother Nature
— Traveling and being exposed to many interesting places throughout the world
— Watching my daughter grow and mature
— Being so approachable
— To live in America
— All animals
— My heart
— Those who read what I write ~ I am truly humbled
While I could continue this list for days, months, years, I hope it will inspire you to begin your own list. Blessings to you ~ always!
©My Unplanned Life and www.shakinguplife.wordpress.com, 2012.