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Thankful Tuesday: Extra Ordinary

"with no special or distinctive features; normal."

"more than is usual or necessary."

A Friday night date to many is another Friday night date. But when your special someone works odd hours and typically works weekends, the actuality of a Friday night dates becomes a holiday. You may think we would do high-class or exciting things on our Friday night date, but we're just the opposite. Our Friday night date was simply extra ordinary, normal. An hour drive to the tri-cities, a visit to the mall, an added stop to the bookstore and dinner at our favorite restaurant completed our Friday night date.

Our days consist of typically passing one another, making brief phone calls just to say "I love you" and occasionally grabbing a quick lunch. So our Friday night date was much needed. The simplest of tasks, like going to the bookstore, was extraordinary to us. Enjoying our favorite meals and only talking about our amazing food were extraordinary to us. While we don't have "regular" schedules, the time apart makes our time together extraordinary.

It's always been my nature to take in the basics of life. An ill father, religious upbringing and hands-on parents contributed to that nature. Having lived away from my family and having limited one-on-one with my husband has only amplified my awareness of how special the simple actions in life are. Time in silence enjoying nature, sharing laughs and small talk are just as meaningful to me as going to a long awaited concert. Our minutes are measured.

Today, I am thankful for the lifestyle we live as it only makes the basics memorable.

Yes, I will fail to recognize life's simple pleasures at times. But, someone always shows up just in time to remind me to open my eyes and my heart. I bet you know who that someone is.

Be grateful for all moments and make the extra ordinary extraordinary.

God Bless.

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