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Share Your Gratitude and Gratitud

Submitted by on November 18, 2010 – 4:52 am7 Comments

tennessee woods

I often tell my husband I need a city house. You know, to go with the country house that’s 30 minutes out of town. Why? I drive a lot. I drop the kid off at school, pick her up, take her places, run errands, get together with friends in town. It all equals too much driving.

But, when we moved to this little patch of Tennessee perfection nine years ago, my city-bred husband announced he never is moving again.

Despite my complaining about driving and gas consumption, I agree. (And the man is not buying me a downtown loft, that is for sure.)

See the picture above? That is what I see when I look out my windows. Those are our woods, our trail, our smelly dog.

As Thanksgiving approaches and the topic of gratitude is on my heart, I am grateful for this woodland space. It provides escape, entertainment, activity, healing, serenity and wonder.

Maybe I love Thanksgiving so much because no matter what is going on, life has taught me it all gets better when I circle back to gratitude — for all I have and even for any challenges faced, for they provide lessons and growth.

What are you grateful for? And, will you share it with the Tiki Tiki for next week’s Thanksgiving focus?

We’re looking for a couple of things:

  • Send us a photograph and a statement of what you’re grateful for. You can email it to [email protected] or post it to our Facebook page and I’ll pull the photo. Deadline is Monday.
  • Virtual Thanksgiving with the Tiki Tiki: On Thanksgiving Day, would you send us a photo of your gathering, or your table, your turkey, whatever. We’d love to share a mesa with you that day and think we could pull this off with your help. Again, you can email us at [email protected] or upload to Facebook. Snap it with a camera phone to make it easier and quicker. Deadline 4 p.m. EST

Why? Because Marta and I are grateful for you.

Share, por favor!


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