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Today I am wearing a sandwich board that reads, “The End is Near.”

No, I am not engrossed in a Tim LeHaye novel.  Nor am I watching Apocalypse Now, or “The Rapture Update.”  I’m not even stocking up on canned goods.  What I am doing is posting the very last challenge of the mother of all mother’s day contests.

Yes people, we have reached the end.  Pomp and Circumstance shall be played.  Boring graduation speeches will be made.  Tomorrow every one has to go look for an entry level job.  That is, after I draw one lucky lottery ticket from the over 150 entries.  Remember, the lucky winner will receive a batch of Ruth’s brownies.

(One caveat: after I announce the name of the winner, which I will do tomorrow on this website, he or she must email me with their mailing address by May 5th, or else I will draw a new winner.)

And dudes, I know I’ve said it before, but I’m going to repeat myself: these brownies are good.  Damn good.  Hot.  (Cue that soft porn music they always play on the Barefoot Contessa.) True depth of flavor.  Moist.  Laden with chocolate chips. Sinful…

Before we all get too worked up, let’s move on to challenge number 10: cultivating an attitude of gratitude.  Yes, people, it is Sunday and I am a preaching.  (Praise the lard and pass the biscuits.)

I once went to this great church where the pastor liked to say, “I’m more concerned with life before death than life after death.”  Which was to say: the life you have now is important. It matters what we do with it.  It matters how we spend it.

Sometimes I forget this.  Sometimes I spend too long on the computer, screwing around. Sometimes I anesthetize myself to the life around me.  Sometimes I forget how much I have to be grateful for.

A good exercise is to cultivate an attitude of gratitude. At the end of the day, think of three things you are grateful for that occurred during that day.  This does not mean you have to block out bad things, or hard things, or real things. This does not mean you should plug your ears to the insane incarceration rate in this country, or the torture memos, or news of melting ice caps.  It just means you should also take time to focus on the small good things.  (Or the large good things, for that matter.)

Here’s my list for today:
1) Grateful for the fried egg and cheese sandwich I ate this morning, made with pastured eggs from a nearby farm.

2) Grateful to have a loyal dog who rolls around on the floor in joy every time I return home from a trip.

3) Grateful to have a mama who is alive and healthy, and willing to bake brownies to give to my contest winner.

What are the three things you are grateful for today? Email them to me at susanrebeccawhite.com and you will receive a lottery ticket.  And post them in the comments section of this blog, so everyone can see them and feel all warm and gush-y inside.

And thanks, y’all, for playing the mother’s day game.  It’s been wonderful reading everyone’s comments. I’m grateful for all you shared.



  1. yathenaeum May 4, 2009 at 7:23 pm #

    1. Grateful for family and friends who are always there for me even when I am in not the best of moods and completely stressed out (mostly having to do with schoolwork).
    2. Grateful for books, which allow me to enjoy another world for a few hours and relax. (Also, this would include the authors who write them because if not, the books wouldn’t exist and they wouldn’t make wonderful contests I can enjoy participating in!)
    3. Grateful for living because if I wasn’t, none of the other things I’m grateful for or anything else in my life for that matter would not mean the same to me because I wouldn’t exist and be here commenting.


  2. Anonymous May 4, 2009 at 8:47 pm #

    things I am grateful for

    Ok, this is for yesterday in my last-ditch attempt to get a few more lottery tickets! :)

    1) Being able to spend the whole day playing with my 2 1/2 year old son
    2) A lively impromptu conversation with friends/neighbors in the parking lot of our condo complex
    3) My Edy’s Samoa ice cream!

    This has been a fun contest, Susan! Thanks for these “challenges” that put smiles on my face!

  3. mdeborah May 5, 2009 at 2:33 am #

    grateful today

    Three things I am grateful for today..(there are MANY more than three..)

    1. being of sound mind and healthy body

    2. being a stay at home mom (this is my second child and with the first one it was not possible to be home with her during the day, so I truly appreciate the gift that it is)

    3. I am able and not afraid to speak the truth

  4. Anonymous May 5, 2009 at 2:56 am #

    Grateful for

    Gosh these are lame, but it’s where I am:

    1) My health and that of all my beloved family and friends. After my dear brother-in-law passed away unexpectedly 3 years ago, I no longer take this kinda thing for granted.

    2) My two little boys, even though they drive me bananas 500 times a day.

    3) That (most) Americans finally came to their senses and elected an intelligent, competent President who will hopefully begin to clean up the last eight years of shit and restore our country’s reputation at home and around the globe.

    – Chelsea K.

  5. Anonymous May 26, 2009 at 12:52 am #


    Hey Lauren sent me- just wanted to say awesome work!!! And great brownies!! :o) A member of Peace,Love, and Baby Ducks