30 Days of Thanks #17

By Molly Bice-Jackson - 9:53 AM

I see here that I'm two days behind.

I'm also two behinds a day. (Peter and I)

That was pretty dumb.

Speaking of behinds,

I'm thankful for my body.

Not because I have a great behind. Oh, contraire!

And hating my booty is what led me to realize that I'm actually thankful for my somewhat flat/white/mommy behind.

See, I complained all day yesterday about how crappy I feel. How crappy I look. How can I suddenly look 5 months pregnant when I'm not? How did my butt and thighs grow overnight like that?? Augh!

As I waited in the parking lot of Willow Creek Park for my fabulous friend and running partner, Becca Janzen, I started thinking...

Ok, so I have problems sleeping. I feel like rubbish. Today is a fat and ugly day. I'm sluggish and weak and cloudy in the head. I feel out of shape and unattractive.

BUT MY BODY WORKS. I can hold my baby. I'm relatively healthy. (I would say QUITE healthy, except for my sleep issues.) I can still do the splits, back walkovers, cartwheels, back flips, pull-ups, and if I HAD to run 9 or 10 miles tomorrow--I could. I'm not sure how useful any of these skills are (they do come in handy when entertaining a child) but they are there in my back pocket if I ever need to pull them out.

And I remembered NieNie. And I remembered her saying to not take your health for granted. And I thought of so many others who struggle with health problems and aging. Even some of my readers.

And I thought, "I may be a zombie, but I'm a zombie with skills."

I'm thankful for my zombie-like health.

Now those were the days of health. Check out my glasses. I guess you can't have it all. The ability to sleep like a baby back then but lacking in the fashion department. You win some, you lose some.

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  1. WOW- that picture takes me back to those good ol' days. Was this 8th grade? You look great then and you look even better now!

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  2. Girl, there ain't nothin' about that picture that don't say "You Got It"!

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  3. That is the best picture ever!Was that in Jr. High??? I can't believe you can still do the splits-WOW! My legs would pop off-I can't run up my stair without peeing in my pants! I guess we all have hidden talents that make us grateful for our bodies!ha Love ya tons molly!

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  4. That picture brings back some great memories.....wow, I think everybody was their own form of hottie back then. It's just a good thing we didn't know any better. I'm so glad you posted it. It's so fun to look back. We've all come a long way. And for what it's worth, I did a cartwheel the other day to show off to my boys and I'm pretty sure I ripped every muscle in both of my legs....

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  5. This makes me laugh so hard to see my little sisters(Susie) friends when they were this young. I think at your next girls getaway you should re-enact this photo -only have Natalie straighten her wrist. I've seen recent pics of most of you in this pic and you are all still as beautiful as ever!

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  6. One thing I have learned is that I am trying not to complain about my body, too. Watching my baby unable to do things that are easy for others put things into better perspective. Good health is such a huge blessing, and a very good thing to be thankful for. And by the way, I'm jealous of your fit healthy figure!

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  7. Paula,

    That's the first thing I noticed/FELT..Straighten those wrists! Anyone know where Natalie is these days? Blog? Facebook?

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  8. Oh my goodness Molly! I have not seen that picture for years. Hilarious! And I'm truly impressed with your mad skills at our age. I just started a once a week ballet class and even though it was 3 days ago my legs still feel like jello. I'm a weakling.... If I tried a back handspring now I would literally break my neck.

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  9. Oh, sorry. I forgot to mention Natalie. I believe she is somewhere in Montana. I too have not been able to find her on the net. I e-mailed her a while back to see how she was, but did not hear back (probably an old e-mail). If you find her let me know okay.

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