Military mama: Always something to be thankful for

With Thanksgiving just around the corner I yet again wax philosophical. I like to believe that I am a very grateful person, however I am not always the first to voice my appreciation for all of the little things in life. So, my captive audience, I will share my list of previously unsung “thanks.”

This year I am thankful for:

• The invention of granola bars, the super food that quiets a grumbling stomach, hungry toddler and is portable enough to eat behind the wheel (though I do not advocate drive-eating, it certainly helps for those of us who tend to hit one snooze too many on the alarm clock.)

• The minds behind Pixar films, thank you for throwing me a bone with at least a few brilliant quips that will fly over my kids heads for another decade or so. The twenty-seventh viewing of Toy Story is less painful because of these references.

• The subconscious invisibility cloak that my SUV offers me. Yes, I’m aware that you can all see me grooving and singing at the top of my lungs over the ruckus from the back seat. As a mom, I exercise the right to pretend that you cannot see me (and may I say thank you for allowing me to maintain this delusion.)

• The ability to shop for just about everything I could ever want/need from the comfort of my home. Whether or not I’ve been able to sneak away long enough to shower and/or apply any drop of make up, I am always presentable enough to enter those credit card digits to get a package on its journey.

• The DVR, On-Demand, Hulu and YouTube. My brain matter is no doubt half-rotten due to my media overdose, however it is so much simpler to pull up a clip that I know is going to make me laugh, lighten my mood and alleviate the tension that comes along with being a military spouse and mother.

• On a more serious note, I am so incredibly thankful for the blessings in my life. For family who supports me in all that I pursue. For children who keep me entertained and adored. I love our cuddles. For a husband who stands by me through thick and thin, and is always ready to be goofy when I need a laugh. And for all of the friends that I have met in my travels.

• And a special thanks goes out to all of you who have made comments on my columns or talked to me about my writing. It is so fun to share some of my experiences with you all, and I’m glad to know that the Military Mama life is definitely not a solo trek, we’re more of a carpool.