Thankful Tuesday: MLK Edition

  • I’m grateful that August learned about skin in science last Friday which led to a sweet family conversation  about how wonderful it is that everyone’s skin is unique. I’m also thankful that my son still doesn’t know about “white” skin and “black” skin. (Aren’t those the craziest, least descriptive words to use for our skin tones???) I agree much more with August’s assessment that his skin is blonde and some kids have light brown skin and some have dark brown skin.
  • I’m grateful for how that original skin conversation led to a discussion about Martin Luther King, Jr. I’m thankful for how silly it sounds to a four-year-old that anybody would be treated unfairly because of their skin. I pray racial equality always stays so simple and logical to him.
  • I’m grateful I can drive 40 minutes out of town and end up picnicking in a spot as stunning as this.
 
  • For Michelle Obama’s bangs. I love that woman.
  • That I can go for a chilly morning walk in a city park and it looks like this.
  • For a husband who stayed with the kids all morning on his day off so I could drink coffee with my friend Liz and get a pedicure.
  • For a “full” life. (Some days I’m tempted to call it that terrible word: busy. But full is a joy-word and I want to choose the best words, you know? Also, there is ENOUGH time for fullness.)
  • Getting to experience my first Upshernish (a 3-year-old boy’s birthday) party for one of August’s classmates at the Orthodox Jewish preschool. (The party was in the synagogue and I cried like a crazy person thirty minutes beforehand because I was so stressed about whether or not I was supposed to cover my head. I ended up wearing a scarf and giving myself a big ole pep talk about how to be confident and unafraid. It ended up that I didn’t need to wear one. But I made myself keep wearing it until Brooksie pulled it off.  I have never been so relieved.) PS I should probably write a post about why it was good for me to be uncomfortable and awkward…
  • I’m thankful Safeway is in walking distance.
  • I’m thankful way that watching Downton Abbey makes folding clothes so much more bearable.

 

What about you? What’s on your list?

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  • http://chaseafterwind.blogspot.com Amy B

    Love the headscarf! For completely non-theological reasons, I would not be opposed to women wearing hats and scarves and veils more often. I think they are pretty. But this is totally theoretical and hypocritical, as I don’t like wearing anything on my own head, not even a headband!

    My thankfuls for this week: http://chaseafterwind.blogspot.com/2013/01/thankfuls.html

    • michaboyett

      Totally agree, Amy. I think headscarves are beautiful. And once I stopped crying about how weird I felt I actually felt pretty awesome in it.

      Thanks for linking up!

  • http://margaretfeinberg.com Margaret Feinberg

    What a beautiful picnic spot and what beautiful picnic weather!

    • michaboyett

      Thanks Margaret. It’s kind of wrong how beautiful the Bay Area is. It’s totally unfair to the rest of the continent that we get the ocean and the mountains in one chunk of space. (I say that as a prairie loving West Texan, of course.)

  • Brenda Trafton

    As I read your post, I was reminded of this last Saturday when Rick and I were blessed to pray with a man named Samson from Ethiopia. As I look down at our hands clasping; his were this beautiful dark, as in black velvet and his teeth were beautiful white. It reminded me of a baby grand piano. My skin seemed so light compared to his. I thought of how creative our God is! In my childlike mind from seeing many pictures of Jesus when I was small in Sunday School and Vacation Bible School…I might one day be surprised! Jesus loves the little children…all the children of the world…red, yellow, black and white…we are each precious in His sight…so blessed to be His child…I love your heart Micha and the beauty within that overflows into this world!

  • http://messymiddle.com Amy Young

    Sometimes when I’m reading something just doesn’t click and I have to go back and be sure that I read something correctly :) . Just was the case with you first bullet. “Grateful for skin cancer in August” didn’t make sense with the rest of that point :) ! Glad I misread it!

  • http://fionalynne.com/blog/ fiona lynne

    “Some days I’m tempted to call it that terrible word: busy. But full is a joy-word and I want to choose the best words, you know?” – love this. It’s a better way to describe it for sure!

    I’m thankful today for two uni friends currently on their way across borders to visit me. Thankful for friendships that survive many miles of separation and our inability to regularly keep in touch :)


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