This is a Thursday series in which I pause and acknowledge something big and important or something small and insignificant that has made me thankful. It is so important and incredibly refreshing to look at the positivity around us, when we are so often surrounded by negativity. Growing up, we visited my grandparents' house all the time. Driving past their old house today, it looks small, but when I was 3, 4, 5 years old, the place seemed like a palace. I have scattered memories throughout that duplex - I remember falling asleep when I was 8 or 9 inside my brother's pack 'n play on their screened in porch. I remember eating apple slices on my grandpa's lap. And I remember their giant magnolia tree in the backyard.
Ever since I was a kid, I have loved magnolia trees. They are special. They are beautiful. And they don't last long. You really have to appreciate every little ounce of them while they bloom, for a few short weeks, and then all you have left to remember them is the wilted and crushed petals on the ground.
So here's to appreciating the present, eh?