Kathrynzj says at RevGals:
The Friday Five is very, very late but God is GOOD - ALL THE TIME so you are invited to share with us five things that cause you to be grateful.
1) Air conditioning, fans: otherwise how would we do this thing called office work in July? I know they used to do it. And not that long go. But, UGH.
When we used to go to the beach we never had AC. We had fans, jalousie windows, and lots of 'em. But it was the beach...you knew it would be hot...that was the deal. And we were in bathing suits most of the day; if not, in shorts or other loose, cool clothes.
In fact, near the beach where I grew up going is the John Gorrie Museum (Apalachicola, FL). "Concern for his yellow fever patients motivated Gorrie to invent a method for cooling their rooms. He became a pioneer in the field of air conditioning and refrigeration by inventing a machine that made ice, and received the first U.S. Patent for mechanical refrigeration in 1851." Office workers of the world thank you, John Gorrie!
2) My mother, who has acquired a floppy lavender hat and is now referring to herself as "the lavender-hatted Fairy Godmother." Sadly, I have not yet seen this hat nor seen it on my mother. But if I have as much fun as she does at 80, I will consider my life well-lived.
3) My husband, who is getting better all the time, and who on Monday flew to North Carolina to pick up a new motorcycle and ride it home. He made it to our house just about 5:00 yesterday. He is VERY TIRED and it was a very hard ride, but I'm thrilled that he felt well enough to attempt it.
He is a dear and considerate partner. I am very fortunate.
4) My work, which affords me the opportunity to do new things in a field to which I've been devoted for a very long time. In late July I will travel to Washington, DC to do Management Development training for NAFSA: Association of International Educators. This is an ongoing commitment and I'm grateful to be able to rejoin the training team after a leave of absence this last year. I'm also excited about what's new and fresh in my own office. Visit our Tumblr for more info!
5) My RevGals. I still am not sure why I am so utterly dedicated to this organization, or whether my passion for the issues facing clergy, especially clergy women, means anything for my own career development, but the fact is, service to RevGals is a vocation for me.