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giving thanks.

kitchen window detail

there are moments when i can't get over how incredibly fortunate i am.

when the sheer weight of all the blessings in my life is almost too much to bear.

and so i find myself sending up silent prayer after silent prayer. giving thanks.

thanks for mornings in the kitchen, here in my childhood home. the streaming light and marble countertops.

for time with my mother. in the car. running errands. talking about all the things that mothers and daughters talk about. for the habit and comfort of it.

thanks for my father. and the fact that he drags me to the gym with him. and plops 5 lb. barbells in my hands as i walk on the treadmill.

thanks for parents who rally around me. protect me when they sense it is needed.

for nights out to new italian restaurants. and nights in watching silly television.

for the comfort of the tree-lined streets and blazing-heat.

for a home i can always return to. a cocoon of love and safe-keeping.

and the freedom to leave. and live my life. mistakes and all.


iheartkiwi said...

there really is no place like home :)

Miss Wendy said...

and the freedom to leave. and live my life. mistakes and all.

My favorite line, and it's something that I think a lot of people take for granted.

Sara Louise said...

That was lovely.

The Many Colours of Happiness said...

How lovely! It sounds like you're feeling a lot happier :) I read your post a few days ago about having to pave the path to happiness all over again; but I think that once it's paved the bulk of the work is over and it's always there. You just need to find it again and it sounds like you have with your family :)

Anonymous said...

Meg -
You are lucky to have that sense of home and family. My mother died when I was 20 and I miss growing older with her. I miss feeling like I have a family, since mine has kind of fallen apart since her death. Always take comfort in their support because when it's gone - it can't be replaced.

becky said...

This is beautiful, especially the last line about making mistakes. Your words have, again, found me at a time when I am feeling exactly the same sentiments. x

Alyssa said...

Its wonderful that parents will always be there when you need to fall back on them. :)

Laura Marie said...

ah yes, way to prove the point i made about you on my blog today :) {hint: it's a big old compliment, much deserved!} enjoy your time at home... nothing like being embraced by the familiar, is there?

happy friday!

jane said...

It was so great to meet you when you were here in Provo for Romeo & Juliet. I'm so glad to hear you're enjoying every moment at home!

kayla franson
(the one who came to 3 shows of R&J!)

Lola said...

So beautiful and so true as always. It makes me nostalgic. :)

J. said...

the simplicity of home.

thanks for making me smile. :)

Extreme Cloud Watcher said...

I had a recent moment like that. I had been on a school camping trip, I will refrain from labelling it hell on Earth as it contradicts the following story.
I was lying back on the bus on the way home, the sun warming my sunglasses wearing face and my heart alike, and I realised, things were extremely alright in my life.

Bee Sarah Lee Bailey said...

i want to feel safe like that one day.

lizzy said...

your blog is my most favourite.
it is raw & homey.
thank you for having a grateful heart. thank you for feeling deeply. you are so beautiful.

also, i don't know how i can be so strongly reminded of you, whom i haven't met, but this link/theatre company/vision brought you to mind. http://www.transcendencetheatre.org/Transcendence_Theatre/Home.html

Jacob C. said...

this blog made me grin :)