A Year of Thanks

1 post a day for 365 days showing gratitude

a card April 2, 2010

Filed under: favorites,kids,kindness toward me — courtsbrogno @ 8:37 pm

In between teaching, prepping, and lecturing, I’ve had nothing on my mind but John’s death. I’ve cried a little and thought a lot. It’s a hard place to be in, this in-between space. I’m not sure how I’m supposed to feel, and not knowing how to feel makes the whole situation even more difficult.

Suffice to say, I didn’t think I’d have anything to be thankful for today. Sure, I could have made something up: the sun was shining, my classes went well, I still have a job. But it would have felt artificial, and the one thing I never want this blog to be is artificial.

I thought I was going to have to just be honest: to admit that I was so clouded by my own thoughts that I hadn’t paid attention and had nothing to be thankful for.

But then, my daughter gave me a card. It read:

Dear Mom,

I am sooo sorry your dad died. I know he meant a-lot to you. Even though you didn’t see him everyday I know he had a special spot in your heart. But now he is in heaven wishing he could be a better dad but he loved you! Now he is out of his wheelchair talking and not suffering.



Can you believe the depth and beauty of this card? I actually hadn’t even told her the news; I was waiting until I was more stable and could figure out just what to say. However, I assume Maddie overheard me on the phone talking to my sister. Plus, she had always been incredibly intuitive.

So today, against all odds, I am so thankful for my daughter’s card, her sensitivity, and her wisdom. I am also thankful that I have two beautiful children that I would never, in a million years, leave. I couldn’t even imagine that.

Despite everything, there is a lot to be thankful for today.


One Response to “a card”

  1. christine Says:

    madide loves you so much, sometimes its hard to see it in her crazy-adolescentness. i love you too courtney!!


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