This here ditty, i found in an issue of a magazine, tucked away in a corner shying away from the acidic remarks it would coax easily from a Mallu. I say Mallu, cause I KNOW that they all agree with the first 3 lines of each paragraph, but never in all their intelligent converstion be able to make the 4th line a thankful or kind sentence. It will always if not everytime end up as a sacarstic, anecdotal joke told in the mallu comic hall of fame as a slap-on-the-back take on life and how in our malluness we keep up 'wit it'!
I am thankful for the husband
who is on the sofa
being a couch potato,
because he's home with me
and not out in the bars
for the wife
who say's it's hot dogs (chor and sambar) tonight,
becasue she is home with me,
and not out with someone else (hot diggety!)
for the teenager
who is complaining about doing dishes
because it means she is at home
not on the streets (most mothers would also end with, "eddi, nanni vennam! Nanni!")
for the taxes i pay
becasue it means i'm employed (NRI's not included!)
for the mess to clean after a party
becasue it means i have
been surounded by friends (i don't even wanna go here!)
for the clothes that fit a little too snug
because it means i have enough to eat.
for my shadow that watches me work
becasue it means i am out in the sunshine
for a lawn that needs mowing
windows that need cleaning
and gutters that need fixing
because it means i have a home.
for all the complaining
i hear about the government
because it means we have freedom of speech..
for the parking spot
i find at the far end of the parking lot
because it means i am capable of walking
and i have been blessed with transportation.
for the lady behind me in church
who sings off key because it means
i can hear (and how!)
and finally, because it means i have
friends who are thinking of me.