I am thankful today to have blue fingers.
My blue fingers are the result of an evening spent with the Girls’ youth group at my church.
My evening was filled spraying ink colors over stencils to make fun designs and markers onto paper luggage tags to clip together (just a fun arts and crafts project) with the chit chat of girls, (middle and high school age) talking about local hangouts like TGI Friday’s (I can still remember going there in high school 20 years ago)
as I smile reminisce about my middle school days
only now the girls are talking about taking Uber to the mall, and Twitter/ Instagram stuff; the social media of the millennials, which I am actually considered a first generation millennial, being born in 1981; only my glory days were the years of the PAGERS,
when we would decode pager codes [each # on a phone has 3 letters linked to it; i.e.: G’nite would be 47383 and I love you would be 143 indicating the number of letters] and the now everyone has cell phones with computers in them, and are tweeting, instagramming and swiping through boys on dating sites [I still remember getting the first computer in my neighborhood when I was in elementary school!] But anyway…
We were talking about everything from prom dresses, broken bones from sledding accidents and ex-boyfriends getting flowers for a girl in the group to Doug Kammerer
[NBC4 weatherman who I have tweeted snow updates lately]
Earlier that day my good friend took me out for coffee and then helped me decide which cocktail dress to wear to an alumni event for my college. Talking to and being around the girls from youth group and the conversation that I had afterwards with the leader who is older than me (meaning she’s wiser and has grown children) are one of the things that I have been thankful for this week.
As my gaze falls upon the keyboard, I notice the blue fingers, and they make me smile to myself. I am thankful because I have been blessed with the ability to make new friends as I did in youth group and to have so many good friends around me now. In times of sadness, I know that I can rely on my good friends to keep me lifted up. Friends to remind me of my worth, my progress in the journey of my life and my purpose. I am a writer. I am thankful for my positive story to tell, much support and comfort to give to others going through tough times like me. And we can also be thankful for the creation of cell phones and be done with pagers.