After driving and sliding through snow and ice this morning, I received a text from our clinical manager to call it a day and go home. I was inside a Walmart, using their facilities when I got the text. Getting myself ready for my supposedly next patient. I went back to my car and made the necessary phone calls and went back inside Walmart to get some necessities for the house. The husband has been under the weather for a couple of days now, and a bottle of Mucinex was in order.
There was slush by the entrance, a few people meandering the aisles and several people in queue for the cashier. I could not help but feel like, HOME. Not that, Walmart is my home; but I sure felt comfortable being back where everything is familiar and convenient.
I absolutely loved spending a couple of weeks of The Philippines. Walking around the Quezon City with no sidewalk to talk of, riding unsafe, but fun motorized tricycles, getting to and from the airport for 2 hours and the smell of oil and feces that sometimes reeked the air.
Here are just some of the little things that I am so thankful for being a permanent resident of the United States:
- Having a sidewalk in most places to walk on; without fear of being run over by a Jeepney or being mugged.
- Being able to return merchandise and replace it without fear and without needing too much explanation.
- Most drivers follow lanes on the road and not needing to honk your horn every 5 seconds.
- A good sewarage system.
- Availability of toilet paper in 90% of the bathrooms you use.
- The smell of clean air.
- A certainty that your mail will get there if you use USPS.
- Short queue times for most lines in supermarkets and stores.
- Good and reliable internet connection.
- Knowing that I can dial 911 in case of emergency and someone dependable will come.
- Being able to go from my house to almost anywhere within 20minutes. Unless of course you live in a big city like Seattle or Los Angeles.
More often than not, we all easily get pissed if there are only 2 or 3 working cashier’s out of 15 that you see or when we experience a slight delay in our Amazon order. But, in other countries – some kids have to walk more than 2 miles, sometimes without any shoes or slippers to go to school everyday.
I guess, I need to be thankful for the little things that I used to take for granted. We all do.
I am pretty sure that someone out there is wishing for the life that you have.
Let’s be thankful for all the little things in life. 🙂