30 Days of Thanks #17

Thursday, November 19, 2009
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.


  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!

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

  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!

  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....

  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!

  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!

  7. Paula,

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

  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.

  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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