I woke up  this morning in my warm bed , inside the house we can afford to rent . My daughter  is awake and wants to get out and start the day. I walk  out into the loungeroom and sit on a comfy couch  and give her cuddles . My son  wakes too and joins us on the couch, snuggling in beside me . I put the TV on for entertainment  while I get up and go into the kitchen. I pour cereal  into two bowls for my children. This will be the first of three meals I can provide for them today, as well as snacks.  I take them their breakfast and they both say ‘Thank you,’ . I return to the kitchen and turn on a tap from which flows drinkable water . I fill my electric kettle and turn it on with the flick of a switch . I get a clean mug  and make myself a coffee . The central heating cuts in and out. .
I cup my coffee between my hands and look out the window. I can see  trees , grass  and a sky of the the most gorgeous blue you can imagine . It may be cold, but the sun is shining  and in an hour or two it will be warm enough for us to go outside and enjoy some fresh air . We will add extra clothing layers to keep warm  and soak in the sunshine  as we run  and play  in our backyard. . If we feel like venturing beyond our gate, we will do so freely  and safely . We will be able to stroll along paved footpaths  looking at flowers  and birds . We will greet the other people  who are also enjoying the sunshine. We can choose  our own adventure. . We might go for a short walk to the park  or we might catch a bus  into town, where we can enjoy bigger parks , the public library  or shopping . We will buy  a treat to eat .
I receive a text message  on my phone  from my husband. . He is at work , providing for our family . He is just asking how we are. . We are all well .
I go into our bathroom and turn on the shower , adjusting the water until it is as hot as I like it . I wash , turn off the shower, and dry-off with a freshly laundered towel . I put on my clothes  and brush my teeth .
I check my emails  on my computer . I can see messages from friends  and family  on facebook, sometimes they are addressed directly to me, sometimes they are photos or general messages, but either way I get to see a little of the lives of those I love despite not living in the same city, state and sometimes country. . I can choose what to read . I might read a few words that inspire me  or seek to be informed by the news . I am connected to the world  in a way I could never have imagined growing up, and in a way my children will find it hard to imagine living without . Later I might write something too , having a chance to create something and put it out into the world.
I think about the book I am reading , the TV series I am watching , the movies I plan on viewing , the games I’d like to play . The luxury of having the space in my life to think about things that entertain me , the means to purchase these things , the time to fill with them . I put on some music  and wonder at the perfect placement of notes  of the amazing accomplishments of human beings  and the beauty that does exist in the world. .
I interrupt my children who are playing together  with some of their way-too-many toys, and get them ready; hats , shoes , wide-eyed imaginations  and we step outside together to enjoy it. 
(And this is just skimming the surface… ) What are you grateful for this week?
Linking up with Maxabella Loves over at 52 weeks of Grateful, a little bit late this week.
This post was inspired by Eden’s amazing post from New York, and it seems I wasn’t the only one inspired – there is another great post from Daisy right here about first world problems, also inspired by Eden.