Celebrate In Spite of it All

What can I say about this week? The last seven days have been rough. My cat passed away, I’ve had a flat tire and my car was rear ended. I’ve cried and I’ve wondered several times if I was going to shake apart. Surprise! I didn’t. No matter how dim things may seem, there will always be something left worth celebrating.

I’m celebrating the 16 years or so that I got to spend with my cat, and how much she enriched my life. I’m celebrating marrying a man wonderful enough to perform a burial alone when I had to run to work and then make me smile afterwords.

I’m celebrating that everyone involved in Sunday’s multi car fender bender is okay. My insurance is covering everything and I made a new friend out of the whole thing. I’m celebrating that I have a car in the first place. The photo, by the way, is of the last car in the chain, not mine. Mine looks fine. Celebrating the power of the Honda!

I’m celebrating that when I had the flat tire on my scooter and I felt so alone and stranded on the side of the road… I wasn’t. Multiple people stopped to see if I was okay and help me, including my Tai Chi teacher and friend’s husband who rescued me, took me to Tai Chi and fixed my tire afterwards—on his birthday. I’m celebrating friendship.

District ChampA final thing worth celebrating—Mr. Smith competed in a taekwondo tournament and came away the 7 state District Champion in the south east region in Traditional Forms, Traditional Weapon Forms and Combat Weapon Sparring. He placed second in sparring. I’m celebrating that I married a champion, but I knew that before he came home with medals.

Celebrate blog hopToday’s post is part of the Celebrate the Small Things Blog Hop hosted by Lexa Cain, L.G. Keltner at Writing Off The Edge and Katie at TheCyborgMom. To be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is put your name on the linky list and then post every Friday about something you’re grateful  for that week.  It can be about writing or family or school or general life. (Originated by VikLit)

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit SpaceandTimeMagazine.com or AngelaYSmith.com.
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4 Responses to Celebrate In Spite of it All

  1. Jolie du Pre says:

    I’m so sorry about your cat. ~~~ Your post is a reminder for me to stop feeling sorry for myself when things aren’t going right. There’s always something to be thankful for.

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  2. Allison says:

    It can be hard to celebrate in the face of such a rough week — I’m glad you were able to find some things to celebrate! Community is such an amazing thing.

  3. Lexa Cain says:

    I’m so very sorry about your cat. Losing furbabies is heartbreaking. I’m sorry also about the fender bender, but at least no one was hurt. It is very good to know that you had friends to help you out when you needed it. Congrats to your husband for his martial arts championship and medals! Wow! Have a good weekend! :)

  4. M.R.R. says:

    Sorry to hear about your cat and good thing nobody got hurt in the fender bender. Congrats to your husband as well.

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