& Patricia Bradley
Since Thanksgiving was last week, the two Patricias thought we'd extend the holiday and talk about some of the things we're thankful for. But not the usual things like family and love and--you get the idea.
No, we want to talk about things that usually irritate us. Don't know what we're talking about? Patricia J, you go first and explain.
(Oh, by the way, Patricia J celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving October 10th):
Okay. "I'm thankful for a boyfriend I once had--a relatively uninteresting boyfriend. He lived four hours away, and we were better friends than we were anything else. But while I was officially his girlfriend, I met another guy. That guy had real potential--he got along with my family well, and he was a sweet country boy. I honestly could have married him!
And I'm thankful for the placeholder boyfriend, because he kept me from dating the guy with real potential. And that might seem like a silly thing to say, but if I'd married that guy, I'd never have been able to marry my husband. Ten years is a long time to wait for your soul mate, and I'd have happily settled down with the sweet country boy and missed out on the love of my life.
So I'm thankful for missed opportunities that kept me single for Mr. Johns.
Wow, Patricia J. Isn't it funny how a missed opportunity can turn out really for the best! Now my turn:
Patricia B: (And I don't have a photo of me cooking a turkey. It's been twenty years since I've cooked one.)
Several years ago I was with a group driving to Houston, TX, and before we got out of the driveway, one of the people mentioned they had to make a stop. Grumble, grumble. Took ten minutes. Finally, we were on the road.
Then a mile later as we approached a blind curve, we were flagged down by a truck driver. His logging trailer had experienced a malfunction and he'd lost a load of logs in the curve. It had happened just ten minutes earlier.
I'm thankful for delays because if we hadn't been delayed, we would have been at that curve about the time the logs tumbled into the highway. And even if we'd missed the actual logs falling, we wouldn't have been able to avoid hitting one of them in the blind curve. The driver wouldn't have had time to warn people.
So, have you ever had an inconvenience that you were thankful for?