1 - Gratitude for my sock collection! Even during times when I was very concerned about money, I usually could come up with the price of a pair of socks. I enjoy socks that are a little unusual, like my sock monkey socks, my "I am too sexy for my socks" socks, the happy socks that a dear friend knitted especially for me, those argyle socks I never have even worn! I even have a pair of hot pink socks that were given to me over 20 years ago when I had a needlework store called Threadbender's Needlework Supplies.
If I am in a crummy mood, just the right socks will lift my spirits. When I was in college, and in living fear of my professors, if I spotted them wearing some fun socks, I knew I could relax because they were a kindred spirit to me. I especially appreciate wild socks worn with a conservative outfit.
These socks are just multi-colored stripes, but there's more to them than meets the eye -- they are transparent between the lines! Oh my! I bought these over 10 years ago, and have duplicates just in case. If I am feeling like a splurge, I get two of the same pair of socks, so if the toe goes out in one, I have 3 left.
2 - I feel a special gratitude for all the sock gifts I have received over the years. I don't need diamonds and champagne, but I am always happy for a brand new pair of fun socks!
3. Here's a big "thank you" to all the people who have amused me with their socks.
4. I have special gratitude for all the sock monkeys in my life! Coming from humble beginnings, they have blessed and amused children and adults with their cheerful appearance and non-threatening demeanor for many years. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sock_monkey for more information. If you don't already have a sock monkey, take my advice and get one soon! They also make wonderful presents and acclimate to new owners cheerfully.
I would love to hear from you if you have any sock stories, or if you would like to add gratitudes to the "Gratitude Countdown".