First of all, thank You, G-d, for turning Gershon's fall into just another minor childhood mishap with no lasting damage and nothing worse than a boring day, spent home in bed.
Thank You for letting everyone wake up this morning, yesterday morning, and all the mornings before yesterday. And for allowing everyone to get out of bed in one piece. And for making it to the school bus on time.
Thank You for helping me find my glasses (the reader may insert "keys, medicine, shopping list, wallet, receipt, or whatever else you happened to misplace) which disappeared so mysteriously yesterday. I can't imagine who could possibly have put them in the medicine cabinet!
Thank You for blowing those clouds (or that sand storm - depending on the season and your location) in a different direction when I hung out four machine-loads of clean laundry yesterday.
I am grateful that Shlomo's rash was only heat rash and not German measles. What with the family wedding on Thursday, this was definitely not a convenient week for German measles.
I am so glad that the tooth Yanki knocked out during a ball game was only a baby tooth, and not one of the nice, new permanent teeth You gave him.
Thank you for helping me remember not to forget the doctor's appointment I had to wait two months to get just as I was about to turn over and sleep another half hour.
Thank You for helping me avoid that car which ran a red light this evening. No other comment is necessary!
I am grateful that I only had fifty shekel in my wallet yesterday when I went to the post office thinking I had 500 to pay some bills. But since the post office was closed anyway, it really didn't make any difference, and not having any spare cash on me, I was spared the temptation of buying a "few things" I didn't really need.
Thanks ever so much for bringing that debilitating two-week chamsin (a desert born Israeli heat spell) to an end. I don't think I could have survived another day of 95 degree heat!
An enormous, can't-be-big enough Thank You for bringing our preemie grandson up to par with his contemporaries. He crawls beautifully, sits, laughs, plays and is growing by leaps and bounds. Baruch Hashem, bli ayin harah!
Thank You for letting our kids get a night's sleep once in a while without being woken up by their kids three-four times a night. They get pretty tired!
Thank You for the dozens of pomegranates on the tree in our yard. They made for a rich Rosh Hashana harvest. Each one was a juicy miracle, full of blessing and Vitamin C.
Thank You for a refrigerator full of food, enough linen for guests, the sun, the fresh air and my olive tree. I love my olive tree.
Thank You for my family and friends. I love them too each and every irreplaceable one.
Thank You for the daily privilege of living in the Land of Israel.
Thank You for being able to pay the monthly bills or at least most of them, most of the time on time. And thank you for the overdraft privileges which allow us to carry over the others until a more propitious time.
Heartfelt thanks for the laughter and smiles which grace our days, and for all the "minor" problems and troubles which come our way. Life cannot exist without smiles and laughter, nor does any life exist without minor difficulties or a few tears. As long as they remain minor and we keep smiling (in-between the tears), and as long as we can manage, solve or simply tolerate the snags, we must give thanks that they are not worse.
Last of all, but definitely a "first", thank You for the gift of Life and for having placed me among those especially chosen to try and hallow it.
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