Do you believe in luck?
Since it’s Friday the Thirteenth, I’ve been pondering that question. When life is upside down and everything seems to go wrong, I blame it on bad luck. When life is going well I assume this is the result of hard work, diligence and my vast intelligence.
Of course, I’m blessed enough that it is never EVERYTHING that goes wrong at once. Plus, I have to acknowledge that my choices determine the outcome and bad luck isn’t always to blame. Nor can I steal all the credit when things go right. Maybe it’s fate, maybe it’s luck. All I know is that it doesn’t hurt to show some gratitude to the universe. That’s why I’m joining Lizzie and her co-hosts in her weekly Ten Things of Thankful link-up.
Bit of good luck # 1
Philip peered curiously into the skillet as I browned hamburger and onions. “I’m making spaghetti sauce,” I told him. He watched as I added garlic and spices then grew bored and went off to play. I heated up several slices of salami since I knew he wouldn’t eat spaghetti with us.
When the pasta was al dente and the sauce had simmered, I served a bowl to Peter. Philip came over to the dish and grabbed a noodle. “Wait, Philip,” I called. I gave him his own dish. And he ate it! For the first time, Philip ate spaghetti with meat sauce. It’s always exciting when he adds a new food to his repertoire.
Bit of good luck # 2
Peter and I just found a new dentist that we both like. I wrote here about how I appreciated that he didn’t shame or lecture us about our care. I got a great report considering it’s been twenty years since I had a professional cleaning. Peter wasn’t so lucky – he had to have a tooth extracted. But we were both impressed when the dentist himself phoned later that day to check on Peter.
Bit of good luck # 3
I found a CVS coupon in my purse just when I thought I was going to have to pay full price!
Bit of good luck # 4
Philip enjoys watching PBS Kids shows. He’s a huge Curious George fan and has owned many of the DVDs. We have several of the shows on our Netflix queue, we borrow DVDs from the library, plus Philip has bookmarks on my laptop for PBSKids.org.
For the past several days, Philip has asked for the markers. He has been writing “Martha Speaks” over and over. The week before it was Arthur. He also drew the “play” and “play all” icons from the DVD menus. Then he added his version of the PBS Kids logo.
I pointed to this and sang the opening promo theme song:
Philip looked at me, then he chanted it back! I was thrilled. I sang it again. He repeated. Then he did the first half, and I finished. It was an amazing call and response moment that I wanted to capture on video, but I was much happier to be experiencing it.
Bit of good luck # 5
Philip maybe got a little carried away with one of those DVDs he borrowed from the library. The DVD may have already been split in half which made Philip want to rip the plastic cover off.
I won’t be paying any fines, however, since I maybe own some spare DVD cases because Philip may have done this to his own Curious George DVD collection. The library is receiving an intact case, so I maybe dodge a bullet.
Bit of good luck # 6
Philip wanted nothing to do with having his picture taken at school last month. We were disappointed because we like to send copies out with our Christmas cards. When picture retake day arrived, I filled out a new order form, sent it to school and crossed my fingers.
We still have to see the final results, but Philip was at least willing to sit down for the photo. Will we get a smile this year? I’ll keep you posted.
Bit of good luck # 7
I found out that Philip sat for the photo when his teacher called me that same afternoon. During recess, Philip met a mud puddle he couldn’t resist. His shoes pants and socks were soaked, and the school nurse didn’t have any to spare. I’m thankful that Peter was available to drop off a change of clothes. I’d be happier if Philip would stay out of the puddles . . .
Bit of good luck #8
I finished a great audiobook this week: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. I wish I could articulate all the reasons I loved the book. The details she selected to highlight, the way she described scenes were all amazing yet not overdone. The shift between past and present added to rather than distracting from the narrative. The omniscient narrator was trustworthy and allowed the reader to view the same scenes from several different perspectives.
By finishing this book, I now only have seven more books to go to meet my goal of 65 books for the year. I have three in progress because that’s the way I roll.
Bit of good luck #9
My boss keeps a candy dish in her office and she restocks it with a nice variety of sweets. I’ve had some chocolate therapy this week when facing a few minor frustrations.
Bit of good luck # 10
With the completion of this post, the first 13 days of NaBloPoMo/NanoPoblano/yeah write NoMo challenges have been a success!