Some would say that they don’t understand how I can be Just Plain Thankful. I feel sorry for them. Despite the hell of the last two years, it’s what I am. How can I not be?
I believe in my heart if we had been anywhere else in the world, I would be writing as a widow. I probably wouldn’t be writing at all. The doctors and nurses at Duke never quit, never gave up. Even when they told me to call the family that Mike probably wouldn’t make it, they never gave up on him.
My daughter has fought the battles I couldn’t for him. When I couldn’t go another step, she took over and took care of things. My Grands, who with just a hug keep me going. My most amazing Son In Law, who has helped in ways he doesn’t even realize.
I’ve discovered that I do have the most amazing friends. Friends who dropped everything and came running when I needed them most. Debbie, who drove 15 hours to spend one day with me, because I needed her. Jeanette who hopped on a plane and came and sat at the hospital for 3 days so I could sleep. Kathryn put her life on hold and took care of my dog. She came and sat with him so he wouldn’t be alone. Annette and Juliana who take my calls even at work.
Tina, who despite her own issues has not let me quit. She seems to know when I think I can’t take one more step, she reaches out and gives me a pep talk. She’s kept Southern Belle Charm going all this time. She gets that SBC is part of my heart. She’s determined I have it to come back too when I can.
Mama has made sure I have clean clothes. Even on her bad days she came and got my laundry and got it done. Best Step Dad Ever has made sure of all the little things at home get done.
All of the Belles, old and new who prayed for a miracle and didn’t stop till we got one, then prayed some more and are still praying.
Online friends who reach out several times a day, just to check, just to be sure that I’ve slept, eaten, tried to take care of me too.
My friend Liz, who did one of the most generous things anyone has ever done for me. She took just one worry off of my shoulders and gave me hope when I was so tired I had none left.
So yes, I am just plain thankful. Thankful that I still have Mike here with me, thankful to everyone who has touched our lives in the last 6 weeks. Thankful for all of you that lent me your courage and strength when mine was missing.
You’ve all proven to me that there are plenty of good people left in this world, that we can made a difference to each other.
For all of that and more, I am just plain thankful.
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