It seems a bit trite to cobble together a list of five hits, in a week where I would have preferred to hang out in my bed, listen to the waves or dreary old Smiths songs, and let the days crawl by. A week where I know I should be feeling grateful to be alive in this time, this place, with these people. But nonetheless a week where I didn’t want to force a smile or glibly pretend that everything is fine and everything is fine and all manner of things will be fine.
Helen Razer wrote a book once, called “Everything’s Fine” but it came with a sticker that you could stick on the cover and obscure the ‘fine’ with a ‘fucked’. I would have kinda liked that sticker this week. Not for the entire week of course, for there were many moments of joy to grasp onto, but to have it available on and off, then on again.
So in this week of weeks, what I’d mainly like to do is to give thanks.
Thanks to Friend for tweeting Q and A with me on Monday night. I can’t imagine what you handle, and I don’t want to, but you still make me laugh and I’m in awe of your strength. Hayls chose well mate, she was a clever cookie that one (and I WILL win that dinner someday; I will get a tweet on Q and A yet).
Thanks for all the sweet comments on Blog’s birthday. She liked your style.
Thanks to Suze for the gift of bold colour. I love that we didn’t need any words, but that you knew that something bright would be good for my heart.
Thanks to my long suffering Husband. Man you put up with some moody shit Nath. I don’t know how, or some days even why, but I guess I must be a bit like Hayls: I chose well. I might even give you one of my beers as a reward (see below).
Thanks to both of my beer delivery ladies. Undeserved as they were, they shall be savoured with great satisfaction, come the weekend. Mwah.
So there you have it, no hits, but lots of thanks. And don’t worry, this isn’t going to turn into some kind of Facey thing with lists of gratitude every day. I wrote this lot to remind me that I am very lucky. That yes, I can be sad, it is allowed, but that I do have much to be happy about, once the clouds have shed their tears.
Okay, come on, just this once, tell me what you need to give thanks for.
…From The Ashers xx