I am grateful for all the trials and tribulations in life, they have made me who I am today.
Thank you to all the people that have touched my life, good, bad, or indifferent.
Thanks to my parents for giving me life.
Thanks to Dolly, my neighbor, she scrubbed her porch every week, and that fascinated me to no end. She also fed me oatmeal first thing in the morning when I stopped at her house.
Thanks to my neighbor that gave me a piggy back ride everyday to my first school #49. He was like the big brother I never had.
Thanks to my dad for sitting on the porch with me, and listening to the mourning doves.
Thanks to my mom for showing me cocoons on the milkweed plant. I loved waiting for the butterflies to emerge.
Thanks to my sister and brother for always being great friends.
Thanks to the wonderful kindergarten teacher that told me she would miss me.
Thanks to my Grandma Gray for always making me feel special!
Thanks to the boys that lived down the street from me that threw a cherry bomb in our yard. From that moment, I knew I didn’t want to live in that neighborhood.
Thanks to my first grade teacher for telling me I was good enough of a teacher to teach the left handed child in our class how to use scissors.
Thanks to Aunt Mary for teaching me how damn had it is to pick bushels and bushels of strawberries.
Thanks to Aunt Tink for allowing us to spend weeks at her house in the summers.
Thanks to Aunt Sharon for teaching me that driving fast is an art.
Thanks to all my cousins for having so much fun over the years!
Thanks to the community center that I cheered at, played soccer, basketball, and was a bat girl. I also was in many plays, musicals, and ballets.
Thanks to all the horrible babysitters that I had, you taught me that I was independent and strong. I could take care of myself and my sister and brother.
Thanks to the boys in sixth grade that felt the need to throw eggs at me on the last day of school.
Thanks to the museum I would visit that was out of the area where I was suppose to ride my bike. The visits would ignite a fire within me, that would become a part of who I am!
Thanks to the little library that ran out of books for me to check out without going into the adult section.
Thanks to the wonderful teachers I had in high school!
Thanks to all the wonderful friends I made in high school!
Thanks to my two favorite deans, Mrs Strong and Mr. Shires.
Thanks to the girls that beat the crap out of me because I was weird and they were stoned. It cemented the knowledge that doing drugs was not worth it. Thanks to the guy that helped me as I bled on the side of the street. He walked me home, and made sure I was ok before he left.
Thanks to the counselor I had in high school that told me that “with your lofty dreams, you’ll need to marry a banker.”
Thanks to parks and recreation for hiring me as a lifeguard, it was one of my favorite jobs.
Thanks to my friend that told me to enroll in college!
Thanks to all the boyfriends that were a part of my life, I’m glad we broke up with each other.
Thanks to the dean of history that told me he had never met anyone with as much tenacity.
Thanks to the professor of museum studies that told me that I was going to have a museum.
Thanks to all the friends I made through college, all those years.
Thanks to Indiana University for my degree, proof that the sacrifices I made were so worth it.
Thanks to my niece for allowing me to take you to the theatre, museums, and zoo.
Thanks to Indianapolis Museum of Art, for my first “Career job”.
Thanks to my nephew for being such a sweet baby.
Thanks to Believe it or Not of San Francisco for being my first California job.
Thanks to Yahoo for having early chat rooms, where I would meet my husband.
Thanks to my husband for meeting me that early morning in San Francisco.
Thanks to my mother and father in law for teaching me about your upbringing.
Thanks to my children, for being YOU!
Thanks to all the friends I made in Oakland and Piedmont. I am glad you are not far away from me!
Thanks to the camps that my children attended in the summers.
Thanks to all the friends I have made in San Luis Obispo county.
We are all the sum of our parts, and that includes all the experiences. There are some experiences that I have had that are not something I would ever want to experience again in my life. Even those experiences have taught me life lessons. I lived through all my experiences, and that is a miracle in itself. I am grateful I am alive, and I have the friends I do have. Live life, and learn from what your life has given you. You can grow from each one, and you will be a better person for it.