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Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Lady, thank you
for this sink of dirty dishes;
we have plenty of food to eat.

Thank you for this pile of dirty, stinky laundry;
we have plenty of nice clothes to wear.

And I would like to thank you, Lady,
for those unmade beds;
they were so warm and comfortable last night.
I know that many have no bed.

My thanks to you, Lady,
for this bathroom,
complete with all the splattered mirrors,
soggy, grimy towels and dirty lavatory;
they are so convenient.

Thank you
for this finger-smudged refrigerator that needs cleaning.
It has served us faithfully for many years.
It is full of cold drinks and enough leftovers for two or three meals.

Thank you, Lady,
for this oven that absolutely must be cleaned today;
It has baked so many things over the years.

The whole family is grateful
for that tall grass in the yard that we all enjoy.
My kids are healthy and able to run and play.

Lady, the presence of all these chores awaiting me
says "You have richly blessed my family."
I shall do them cheerfully and I shall do them gratefully.

Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when the alarm rings,
Thank you, Lady, that I can hear.
There are many who are deaf.

Even though I keep my eyes closed against the morning light as long as possible,
thank you, Lady, that I can see.
Many are blind.

Even though I huddle in my bed and put off rising,
Thank you, Lady, that I have the strength to rise.
There are many who are bedridden.

Even though the first hour of my day is hectic,
when socks are lost, toast is burned and tempers are short, my children are so loud,
Thank you, Lady, for my family.
There are many who are lonely.

Even though our breakfast table never looks like the pictures in magazines
and the menu is at times not balanced,
There are many who are hungry.

Even though the routine of my job is often monotonous,
Thank you, Lady, for the opportunity to work.
There are many who have no job.

Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate from day to
day and wish my circumstances were not so modest,
Thank you, Lady, for life.

~Author Unknown~


Liz said...

That's wonderful!

Wendy Hawksley said...

That is lovely. I try not to take anything for granted ever, ever, ever. This is a new take on it. I'm going to save it, print it up, and hang it up somewhere in my house. Thanks for posting it!

Anna said...


A Lil Enchanted said...

What a wonderful reminder to appreciate all of the things we complain about... sounds just like my own home... the dishes, the laundry, the messy bathroom... I'll try to remember to appreciate them more... along with the bottle of ginko in my cabinet :)

A Lil Enchanted,

Crazy Squirrel Lady said...

This is beautiful! I might have to swipe it ;)

Lisa said...

Thank you for this. Really puts things in perspective. We are so rich. xoxoxoxox

Desiree said...

I love this. Thank you.

Erin said...

This is really great. It makes looking at all of those nasty chores less nasty to see why they are there, thank you so much for sharing this.