A Lucky Leap Day List

It’s Leap Day in a Leap Year. Somehow it seems I should be doing something special to celebrate. A few days ago I found a blog that collects lists of 100 things (be still my heart, a blog dedicated to lists…how cool is that?). Most of the 100 things are “100 Things I’m Grateful For”. I’ve been pondering this, and wondered if I could use this day to muster up a list of my own. Not sure if it’s a list of gratitudes, or a list of things that make me feel lucky, or things that I love….I’m just going to start, and maybe it will reveal itself along the way.

Every day, and especially today, I feel lucky to have:

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1. Steve (major luck out on that one, 31 years and counting)

2. Kate and Alex (joy, joy, joy)

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3. My parents, Bill and Jan (truly, two of my best friends)

4. Toby, the world’s most earnest dog

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5. My town. I love Davis. Farmer’s Market, bike trails, a walkable downtown, Whole Earth Festival, trees, the green belt, Nugget Market, nice people, UCD…and a frog tunnel.

6. Spring days, like today.

7. My body. Despite the fact that I haven’t treated it well, it hasn’t given out on me yet.

8. The Sunday New York Times

9. This election. Choices…ah, such a good thing.

10. Tolerant, patient, loyal friends. Sorry, I shoulda moved you up in the list. Thank you.

11. Coffee. I love coffee more than almost any other food or beverage. Except for strawberries and German Chocolate Cake. But I don’t get to love those everyday. And I can’t even have a day without coffee.

12. Our studio. Steve and I keep recrafting and reinventing, so it’s a little different every day. But every day I sure do appreciate that we can work with our hearts and hands.

13. My passport. I got my first one when I was 22, and it has given me such a magnificent, colorful, textured, rich view. Nothing looks the same anymore.

14. A collection of Bonnie Raitt CDs. In my next life, I want to be her.

15. Gray Hair. When it’s kind of dark, I can pretend they are blond highlights. But I like the gray. It reminds me that I have done a little living.

16. Our dining room table. Steve’s grandfather made it. It’s beautiful and different from any table I have ever seen. So much of our life takes place around this table. Meals, computers, homework, wrapping gifts, writing notes, packing for trips, piles o’ stuff. And almost every night, a few candles.

17. My colleagues at Freedom from Hunger, who have allowed me to join them in their work to end world hunger, one woman, and one family at a time. I learn from them every single day.

18. Pajama pants. The world is a better place because I don’t have to wear real clothes all day.

19. Morning walks. While I protest and procrastinate, when I walk, I am happy. Feel free to remind me of this fact when I am cranky.

20. The extended Barbaria family (they also should have been moved up the list). Steve got married, they got me, and I got lucky.

21. Blue skies. I think I do appreciate this every day. Even the gray days have a teensy tiny bit of blue.

22. Running out of steam….I am about to be grateful for reality tv….but that is another blog for another day. So I will be grateful that I know when to stop.

Leapingly, lovingly yours,

Kim

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About kim tackett

Northern CA marketing consultant, writer of very small stories, and drinker of very strong coffee.
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