He tiptoed in to our bedroom, and leaned in close.
"Are you happy? I want you to be happy."
My initial reaction, the knee-jerk, from-the-bottom-of-the-gut reaction was "Yes."
And then I thought about all the ways I had shown him I was happy.
Asking to do more dishes.
Endless errand runs on the weekends instead of one-on-one time.
Worrying over handmade Christmas gifts and self-imposed deadlines.
Job training and budgeting.
If this is the season to be thankful, how are we showing others how we feel? How are we communicating gratefulness?
I'm thankful for food- scrumptious, delicious food.
I'm thankful for husbands and mothers and fathers and sisters and brothers and in-laws and friends that feel like family, new friendships and old friendships and only-friends-at-work-friendships. I need these people. Everyday.
I'm thankful for dogs who love unconditionally and nephews who love only on the condition that they can play with big Captain America toys at your house.
I'm thankful for health and hearth, a place to rest my steel-toed feeties and the energy to fully enjoy it.
I'm thankful for books. For movies. For Facebook, without which I wouldn't have very interesting conversations.
I'm thankful for job security and the breather of fresh air this gives us.
I pray many times a day, a silent thankyouthankyouthankyou out to the universe for this life and all the wonderful things in it. Personal thankfulness is one thing, but how does my husband know what's in my heart?
"Yes. I'm the happiest."