On Friday I did a 3-in-1 post that apparently ruffled some feathers; I'm not sure exactly whose feathers it ruffled, but it did. I received an anonymous comment saying (in essence) that they couldn't believe I'd put Diet Coke over being thankful for my parents.
Now seriously. Really? I blog for fun (mostly) and I don't think it's a secret that I am addicted to diet coke. In fact, I once had a tumor removed (out patient) and woke up drinking a diet coke. The can was half gone, I was out of it and confused. I turned to the nurse and asked "where the hell did this come from?" The staff cracked up and said "don't you remember asking for it? you insisted you needed a diet coke before anything else" Yup, I'm a diet coke head; everyone knows it. My Thankful Thursday posts are sometimes serious and they are some times silly and they are sometimes a mix of the two. On Friday I was ACTUALLY thankful for a diet coke; why? Because I was on day three of a migraine and the ice cold diet coke I was drinking was the ONLY thing that was making a difference in how I felt. So yes, I was more thankful for that diet coke in that moment than my parents.
Now, on to the issue of me putting things over my parents (and I'll include in laws in this category as well) Family is Geo and my number ONE priority. It's no secret that we've struggled in the last few months and our amazing family has come to our rescue MORE than once. Even as recently as last week, our family came to our rescue. Of course we're thankful for them and OF COURSE they know that we are thankful because we thank them in private. Not everything has to be publicly announced and if someone reading this thinks I should be thanking people in public for things privately done, please leave a comment with your NAME not just under the guise of anonymous.
I love my parents and I love my in laws as much as my parents. Unfortunately my parents are hundreds of miles away and we don't get to see one another as much as we'd like, so my in laws have taken the place of my parents. Both sets of in laws were there when we had our babies, they've been there for every major (and minor) milestone and accomplishment. They've also been their for all of our setbacks; they've come over to help, they've sent things to help, they've emailed, called, and generally been there. I'd like to think that our parents know how thankful we are for them and how much we love them, but in case you were wondering: Mom, Pop, Dad, Caren, Dyan and Jeff; we are truly thankful for everything you six do for us and have done for us-whether it's financial support, emotional support, being a shoulder to cry on, being there to cheer us on or celebrate with us, or just being our parents, we are thankful for you.
NOW if you'll pardon me, there is a diet coke with my name on it that I'm going to go enjoy...