The news of the world right now, from the U.S. specifically, has just broken my heart to pieces. I’m sad, I’m scared for friends and strangers. That I’m having conversations with my parents about the possibility of a 3rd world war starting… I just can’t even go there now. But we’re having these conversations. My parents are immigrants to Canada, as were their parents. My mom and dad came from England and Latvia, respectively, with their families as WWII had made it unsafe to live in their homelands. My dad came to Canada without his mom and sister, as my Aunt Aija took ill before their boarding of a ship to bring them to Halifax, and traveled to a new land with his dad and step-mom. My mom, Aunt Ruth & late Nanny, Lillian were granted a spot on a ship they weren’t supposed to be on. My parents were very lucky, they arrived in a new land safely and in time, made their mark. I just find tonight, I think of these moments, and my breath gets heavy and I’m terrified to think of what this year will bring.
I don’t mean to be so heavy tonight, but I’m someone who is very sponge like… I absorb (sometimes maybe too much of ) the world around me.
So, in an effort to calm my anxieties of the day, I’m going to share with you my gratitude list. A list of 10 things I am grateful for, no matter how big or how small. Because it helps my heart, to be reminded of the good that I know is always around me.
Kelly’s Gratitude List for 1-29-17
- My family
- Running into a friend I hadn’t seen in a while on the streetcar
- “Sorry” by Justin Beiber (or is it Bieber… I don’t know….)
- I get paid to write & I get paid to work in a bakery… #winning
- THIS speech (also, my crush on this man just grew 10 times bigger):
- A VERY cute guy gave me his phone number this week
- The conditioner I bought
- Slipper Socks
I know this may seem a bit trivial, but, it helps my heart. I send you a big hug wherever you are.
(My mom, seated front row, Montreal – undated.)