You’ve probably had at least one Facebook friend who’s taken up the “gratitude challenge.” Maybe you’ve even been “challenged” by one of these friends.
It’s not as glamorous as the ice bucket challenge, and it takes a lot longer, but I guess it raises awareness of how good we have it – even when we don’t – and that we don’t have to be complainy grumps all the time … which, if I’m honest, describes me a lot of the time.
Anyway, a very sweet friend named Joy tagged me in this challenge, and once I started my list, I realized how many of my items were Chapel Hill-specific. So I thought I’d list my gratitudes here rather than on Facebook … despite the fact that it is a list better suited to a November column, and despite the fact it might sound a bit like I’m showing off my lush life. Which I hope I’m not. I’m just counting my blessings, as challenged. So, here’s my list, in no particular order:
I am thankful for/that:
• my husband, who is sweet and hilarious and fun and loves me like crazy despite my many failures and imperfections. We met here in Chapel Hill, and … we’re still here!
• my kid. The fact that my body was able to produce a child after all I put it through in my misspent youth is an amazing grace. And this kid it made is awesome – funny, kind and smart as a whip.
friends who make my life so rich and creamy. You know who you are.
• our messy – but cute – house in one of this town’s many tree-rife, family-friendly neighborhoods. It’s not much (or maybe it’s too much!) but it’s home. And that beautiful spotted faun that wandered into our ivy yesterday ... My husband hates that the deer eat the foliage, but they’re so beautiful!
• Chapel Hill Bible Church … I know I toot their horn a lot, but this place is home away from home for me – full of good music and good people.
• all the folks who worked so hard to put together the Be Loud Sophie shows at the Cat’s Cradle. These shows were held back in early August to raise money for a charity that supports teen and young adult cancer patients at UNC Hospitals and their families. Money was raised and a splendid time was had by all. Both nights featured musicians who were big around here in the ’80s – The Dex Romweber Duo, The Connells, Let’s Active, A Number of Things and the Pressure Boys. All the bands sounded great, and hearing and jumping around to the old songs (I dance like Phoebe on “Friends” re runs )… well, I felt young again – except for sore feet and a stiff back! And seeing folks from the old crowd was a sweet bonus … although I would have liked some kind of nametag system like they do at class reunions to jog my memory! Anyway, if I understand it correctly, everyone did everything for FREE for this event, so to them, I say “thanks.”
• the Southern Folklife Collection’s 25th Anniversary Celebration. I wasn’t able to go to all the events, but I did see most of the stuff at the Cat’s Cradle (again with the Cradle! After I’d posted the umpteenth photo from there, friend asked me if I had season tickets. Not that there is such a thing – but if there were, I’m just not that cool!) I loved everything I saw, but the performance of Big Star’s “Third/Number 1 Record” Friday night was just … so sparkly! Like those shiny gold shoes Mitch Easter had on that night! The performers wailed and the music glowed, and we all basked in it.
• what the heck – let’s go ahead and be thankful for the Cat’s Cradle! Thanks, Frank!
• despite my post-show sore feet and achy back, I have relatively few health complaints. Yes, this body is 52+ years old and it’s falling apart – but no faster than is normal. But if I WERE falling apart, I’m in the right place! This town’s got doctors out the wazoo.
• the weather is getting cooler! Chapel Hill in the fall is crisp and delicious … the leaves, the football, the pumpkin ales …
• with my dark hair and pale skin, I’m a “winter” – and you know what looks really good on a winter? Carolina Blue!
Okay, so now it’s your turn … consider yourself tagged!
You can reach Julie Moore at email@example.com