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What am I grateful for? Day #5

grateful for good lettuce

I remember sitting at a dinner party hosted by a neighbor, one of whom is my walking buddy. The first course was a salad. As I was eating the salad, I noticed that it melted in my mouth it was so tender. So I asked the host and cook, Neil, where he got it. He said, “I grow it in my basement.” “In this house?” I asked.

He has a whole hydroponic system down there with lighting and watering systems. It’s a self-sustainable scientific wonder and produces the tastiest, tenderest heads of lettuce.

Now those who know me know my diet is very limited. Not by choice. As a brain tumor survivor who had radiation, that process damaged some nerves that affected digestion. Long story but I can eat lettuce!

Every week I get a text, “Do you need a refill of lettuce?” And usually, I answer yes. It is, after all, part of my lunch and sometimes dinner daily. So many varieties, shapes, and tastes. Last Saturday he put together lettuces that were supposed to help with grief and I nearly cried from the thoughtfulness.

I pulled each of the heads out today and looked at how pretty they were and I felt such a wave of gratefulness. If I were a painter I would have grabbed my paintbrushes. Instead, I took a photo of the one with the red-edged leaves.

And then I ate it.

This gift of weekly lettuce is one for which I am truly grateful on day #5 of the #thegratitudeproject.

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked mental health speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational mental health keynotes, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, anxiety, coping strategies/resilience, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Mental Health Speakers Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

4 thoughts on “What am I grateful for? Day #5”

  1. Wow, what a beautiful story! I watched the podcast with Tavia & The McClish & was astonished to learn that it was Charles (at the age of 3!) who saw that something wasn’t right with your tongue & ultimately led to you being diagnosed with a brain tumour! He saved your life & that is something that I find so incredible.

  2. Wow, so this week we’ve learned that you get fresh lettuce delivered weekly and have a husband who cooks dinner every night. That really is something to be grateful for!!! I’m officially jealous! 🙂

    1. Pretty awesome I know. I love being treated like a princess. And I feel lucky. There is a lot in my life that is very negative but when I reflect on those two things, I can’t see it any other way but fortunate. Thanks for commenting Sandy.

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