In life, I always try to count my blessings - and they are so many that producing a concise list of them would be impossible.
I was born as a human being, rather than an earth worm or some other animal. This alone makes me a cosmic lottery winner several times over.
On top of that, I was born in one of the wealthiest, most modern nations rather than a third-world country. Given the United State's relatively low population by comparison, that's quite a bit of additional fortune. One should almost feel guilty for being so fortunate.
I was born into a family in which the parents worked hard enough to provide for me comfortably, yet were wise enough to raise me with discipline. My family has also, due to their hard work, been financially able to provide me with my education despite several mistakes and poor life choices in my youth. I was born into a family generous enough to do so.
I am healthy.
I could go on quite literally forever. My life is a monument to amazing fortune. It would be impossible to exaggerate the degree to which I am one of the luckiest beings to ever exist.
But chief amongst all my fortuity, I consider having the privilege to have known my grandmother, Irene Eberhard. I've never met a kinder woman, nor have I met anybody who was so full of life. Her influence is primarily responsible for my own humorous, giddy outlook on life. She gave me my education and never asked for so much as a hug in exchange, though she has received them in abundance. Despite all my good fortune, to know her and to have her be a part of my life...I can't help but wonder what more good fortune I could ask for. She is the reason I count my blessings.
Without Grandma Irene, I never would have made it to where I am, nor would I have developed the character to continue.
Yesterday morning, Irene Eberhard died. I was on a plane en route to Cincinnati, going to Buffalo, NY as a result of the work her aid has allowed me to do. Rest in peace, grandma. Thank you for everything you've given me. I won't let you down.
I'm a-ok. Death is part of life, and I don't think grandma would want me to be terribly put out. I'm still having a blast up here in NY. I will blog updates later, but here's a preview: we spent an hour and a half last night talking about our individual organizations, and I was the only one who got an ovation upon concluding. :D