What are you most thankful for?
When I wake up in the morning and see my wife getting ready for work I think about how far we’ve come.
When we started dating she was higher up in the chain at the Blockbuster Video we both worked at, she worked there first and it’s also where we met.
When I first met her I thought she was stubborn as hell, she still is. I believed her to be kind of bitch, which she isn’t, unless she has to be.
I didn’t care for college and I spent more time writing and skipping my lectures than I did in the classes. I found college boring and monotonous, an exact extension of high school, which I also found boring, save my Poly-Sci class.
Back to my wife. My wife graduated the same year I attended my first and only year. I’m two months older than she is, but she’s better at studying.
When I left college and moved to Las Vegas because of family stuff she followed me a month later. We lived with my older sister and her family for a while until we were able to get our own apartment.
Having our own apartment was nice, but it was something neither of us had done before. I’d lived with my mom and step-dad, my dad and step-mom and my cousin after high school. She’d only lived with her parents and siblings.
It was a big change for us, and like big changes it wasn’t smooth sailing all the time.
We made it through our life in an apartment and were able to save for a house, which took some effort on my part, I liked to buy things, past tense. I’m better at finances now.
When we closed on our house and were able to move in my wife let me get a dog. She’s a rescue from a shelter and has been the best dog I could imagine.
A few years later we were trying to have kids and went to a fertility specialist. We found out what was stopping us and finally were able to conceive without the specialists help. We were doing well until we had a miscarriage and the world seemed to stop for us.
Nearly a year later we were able to conceive our son, he’s always been a handful. He has ADHD and it’s been difficult figuring out how his mind works, but we’re doing better.
Nearly six years after our son, our Belle arrived seven weeks early. She spent the first month in the NICU and has been a fighter and independent since getting home, something her brother doesn’t like.
I’m thankful for putting that application in at Blockbuster, without it I wouldn’t have my kids, dog, job and the wonderful things I share with my wife.
Brian B. Baker is an unpublished writer of Science Fiction/Fantasy and Horror. He’s been writing short stories since high school, and is certain it’s one of the few things that keeps him sane. Brian blogs at The Bleeding Inkwell.