You know, there are many experiences that I am thankful for. I am wracking my brain and it is just like a flood of memories start to swirl around and beg to come to the front. I’m just waiting for one to settle and let me pick. I mean, I was listening to The Avett Brothers and then decided I wanted to listen to Grateful Dead. I have a feeling Pops is with me this morning. It’s like I just feel his presence all around me. Toe-tapping, singing out loud, sitting in the computer chair, typing away on my laptop. This is a great picture of how I remember him. Happy, loving life, enjoying music the unique way he did, and just living like there was no tomorrow. I feel like I’ve got a lot of great qualities I’ve picked up from him. This new confidence being one of them. It’s weird, but I just feel so damn good.
You know one experience I absolutely loved? We went to the Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to see the stock car races. It was sometime end of June 2018. We had such an awesome time and it is an experience I’m SO thankful to have had with him. God blesses us with the most amazing people in our lives and we just have to cherish the time we have with them. We will be with them again so I think it’s better to just live that happy life and let the little things that remind you of them bring you complete joy.
After the race we went and got milkshakes for us from Cook Out to bring home to Mom and Eddie. It was something that I hold in my heart that I will never let go. Whatever racing event I attend from here on out, I’ll always have Pops in my heart, there with me, making fun of the fans.
November 15th, 2020 Gratitude Scripture:
“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.” – 2 Corinthians 2:14