Tonight I'm linking up with Kate at Kate Says Stuff to do a little bit of gratitude. I started a gratitude journal once upon a time and I must admit it has been sadly neglected. So this is good.
I am, however, concerned that this may, in fact, be Bragging Thursday masquerading as Thankful – but stick with me.
Today I stopped into a shop at my local shopping centre to pick up a little something (okay, if you must know, it was a Reese's Crispy Crunchy Bar because peanut butter and chocolate are the loves of my life). Annnnnyway, I go to the counter to pay and the young woman says to me, "How do you keep your figure with a baby?" and indicated to Zee in the pram (LD was at kinder). I was startled and said, "Oh God, I'm pregnant!" and touched my stomach self-consciously, "This is my third baby!" "You're pregnant and you still look like this?" she shook her head. "If you had come in without a baby, I would have thought you were a teenager."
This encounter was amazing. The stuff that makes a girl's day. But it was even more poignant because earlier this morning, I had been dressing and lamenting the state of my body. Fourteen weeks pregnant is awkward, body-wise. You haven't properly popped, that lovely firm belly an obvious marker of your blooming state. Rather, you feel uncomfortable in your regular clothes and rub your belly whenever you're in public just to make sure people are aware you're with child and not sporting a beer gut.
So today, I was reminded of how amazing my body truly is and how cruel I can be about it in spite of the incredible things it has done and allows me to do, every day. And that even with the cellulite and jiggly belly, it doesn't look half bad. Genetically, I am pretty lucky.
I am thankful for genetics. I am thankful for this body that doesn't outwardly reveal half the abuse I heap upon it (peanut butter and chocolate, anyone?). I am thankful for the wildly gorgeous creatures that have sprung forth from this body, a body I spend far too much time and effort despairing of.
I am thankful for my body. It is a thing of wonder.