This week’s 5 minute Friday is a good one for me since I’m not feeling very grateful this week. It has been a rough one that I am glad to see come to an end, but also know that some of the bad will continue to linger on in the short term. But, even in the midst of this less-than-joyful week, I need to find something to be grateful for…and I can. Here goes:
I am grateful that we have such great health insurance. This week, Bean was diagnosed with her third UTI in about four months and we had to get a renal ultrasound done this morning to make sure there isn’t something going on structurally. Cost for this: $0. Her pediatrician appointment was $15 and her antibiotic was $5. Without this great of insurance, we would certainly be in a world of hurt with the last five years of medical expenses. So, I am very, very grateful for that. And it is a big reason I do not want to leave my job in the near future. Making more money at the cost of having to pay more for all these medical procedures (or having to deal with an insurance company every time a charge came up) would be miserable and not really worth it in the end.
I am also grateful for my summer off. I am exhausted. I feel like this has been a really tough semester – fast-moving, too much to do the whole time, and no real breaks. I realize that the summer is such a great recharging opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to enjoying it. I am so glad I have multiple weeks to fit in fun and rest and time with Bean as opposed to just two weeks off like most people get.
I am grateful for having enthusiastic students this semester. I’ve really had some great students in my classes and on the team and I’ve enjoyed getting to know them better. I feel like this was one of my better semesters despite it being too fast-moving. I hope my students felt the same way.
Finally, I am grateful to have multiple sources of income. This is a tough month financially and without all the different sources of income we have coming in, it would be even more tough. I often focus only on the shortness of money, which there is plenty of always, but there is also plenty of opportunity for us to play catch up. I am thankful for that.
So, there you have it. All the things I am thankful for. Now, if I can just get myself organized for summer so I don’t feel like I waste it all away but I also feel rested at the end of it.