This week I'm thankful for the simple things:
1. I'm thankful that my parents thought learning to swim was an important skill. I say this because 1. Swimming is one of the chief joys of my life and 2. I think the ability to swim is something that most people who can do it take for granted. True story: There are lots of nationalities that don't place much importance on learning to swim. One Indian friend went to the US and ended up at a summer camp where kids were confidently jumping off a pier and swimming in the mountain lake. Said friend, seeing how easy swimming appeared to be, dived into the frigid waters, and immediately plunged like a rock to the bottom. Luckily, a lifeguard was on duty to drag him to safety. Swimming is not something one just knows how to do. Thank you M & D for taking me to weekly lessons at the YWCA. I never made it above guppy level, but that's good enough for me.
2. I'm thankful for my sense of smell. Dubai is a panoply of smells. Some are not so pleasant (the dumpsters that seemingly grace every street) while others are quite heavenly (the occasional scent of jasmine that wafts through the air.). Life is meant to be smelled (and touched and seen and tasted).
3. I'm thankful for being busy. Work has really been good lately which is great because I generally really enjoy working, presumably it means I'm making money (can't say for sure until I actually get paid), and because it keeps me occupied so that I stay in the moment and don't dwell on things that make me sad (as I am wont to do).
4. I'm thankful for technology. My iPad is just about my favorite-ist thing ever. I use it to message people back home, navigate my way around Dubai, read my Bible, listen to NPR, learn German, memorize poetry... the list goes on and on. I also love watching movies on my laptop, and using gmail chat to talk to loved ones back home. I'm thankful for my camera which helps me capture my memories... I'm thankful for it all. It's made traveling (and keeping in touch) much easier since the days when I first set off by myself for foreign climes in 2003.
5. I'm thankful for my parents and their commitment to another. This week my parents celebrated 42 years of marriage together! I'm proud of them and thankful to have been able to grow up in a stable home with parents who stuck it out for the long haul. Happy Anniversary, M & D! Here's to many more!