Six days ago, I was planning Christmas. I put a wreath on the door. I put a pretty flag out to sway in the wind. That's as far as I got. I tripped in my kitchen and took the impact on my left shoulder.
But still, I'm thankful. It could have been much worse. The counter was only inches away from my head. I live alone and don't encourage visitors, so I might have sprawled there indefinitely. My neighbors are not nosy.
Now that I'm able to type with both hands again, I thought I'd make a list of what I'm thankful for. Here goes:
1.I'm thankful that my neighbor across the street made a sling for me out of a scarf and shared her Vicodin.
2.I'm thankful people read my terse, one-handed email and called to see if I needed anything.
3.I'm thankful the cats forgave me for not feeding them or cleaning their litterboxes.
4.Although Squirrel tried to use me as a trampoline (OUCH!), I'm thankful the tribe surrounded me and slept. Their purring helped.
5.I'm thankful I didn't have to sit through treacly Christmas movies. SyFy Channel had the good sense to play a whole day of disaster movies. One cannot have too many disasters.
6.I'm thankful I got a mammogram the day before. I don't know how I would have explained the bruises.
7.I'm thankful the spill was not worse. I have no health insurance and the Senate doesn't seem inclined to give me some anytime soon.
8.I'm thankful my sister Cathy sent me a whole collection of Monty Python DVD's. Hours of silliness.
9.I'm thankful I still had tequila left from Cozumel. Almost as good as Vicodin.
10.I'm thankful I bought an excessive amount of Lean Cuisine dinners while they were on sale. I can microwave with one hand better than I can cook with two.
11.I'm thankful nobody expects Christmas cards from me or gifts on time. Wasn't gonna happen.
12.I'm thankful I have my sense of humor, despite discomfort and disappointment.
13.And, I'm thankful this is just a temporary state. Imagine all those people with permanent disabilities!