As I am not a fan of the generic, obligatory thank-you note, but am however a person who does occasionally snap out of my pity party to be aware of my blessings for a moment, I am using this entry to give some random thank-you's to people who have in some way or another made me happy lately despite my generally bad mood.
Dear Jess: Thank you for insisting that I allow you to bring me lunch even though I was still in sweatpants and there were dishes everywhere and I was embarrassed to let you see. I often need to be reminded that people do not want to see me in order to admire my clean kitchen.
Dear Adelay: Thank you for hardly ever crying immediately upon waking up from your nap, but for playing happily in your crib for about a half an hour so that I can stretch my own nap out a little and wake up slowly. These things make all the difference. Also, thank you for your new habit of snuggling your head in on my shoulder just like you used to do as a newborn. (Maybe you somehow know that your days of being the baby are numbered?)
Dear Kelly: Thank you for randomly dropping by to fill me in on drama and gossip, and to discuss your A.P. English books with me. Also, for forcing me to cook actual meals for lunch instead of eating cheese and crackers every single day. Thank you for not being horrified with me even though more often than not I am still in my pajamas when you arrive.
Dear Parents and Parents-In-Law: Thank you for babysitting so often and so willingly (and so cheaply!) Also thank you for feeding all of us on such a regular basis (especially Mom, with the frequently bringing me lunch in the day!)
Dear Jenn, Kevin, Erin, John, Matt, and Heather: Thank you for being there on Tuesdays. I don't think any of you read this other than Jenn, but I have been enjoying our new series and I think we're actually getting somewhere with it, so I'm excited.
Dear Shane, Julie, Josh, Adam, Megan, Kevin, Other Adam, and Jess: Thank you for being there every Sunday. I know sometimes it may seem like we're not accomplishing much, but if nothing else we're having adult conversation, so please know that I live for it!
Dear Baby: Thank you for kicking and squirming a lot so I don't have to wonder if you're ok in there!
Dear Jim: Thank you for going out at almost ten o'clock the other night to bring me won tons, crab rangoon, and egg rolls. And not even complaining. It made me happier than a pile of fried food should reasonably make a person, but there you have it. In that moment, you were a hero. Those egg rolls may as well have been life preservers.
Dear Commenters: Thank you for reassuring me that I'm not talking to myself here.