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2022 Jun

Thankful for You

Peggy shares why feeling grateful makes life sweeter

First, let me say thanks so much for being loyal readers of Tidewater Family Plus. We are grateful to you for picking up our issues every month and especially thrilled when you patronize a few of the fantastic businesses that advertise with us. (Don’t forget to mention where you saw their ad!) Our advertisers are the best, and it’s because of their support that we can continue bringing you each new issue. Thanks so much to our readers and advertisers.

Expressing gratitude always gives me a good feeling. I’m sure it’s the same for you. When you stop and think about all the things you have to be thankful for, worries and troubles seem to disappear like dark clouds after a storm. Feeling grateful is like welcoming the sunshine after a week of rain.

It has been a crazy spring with more rain this past month than I can remember. Peter and I have been camping here in Tidewater, so we are paying close attention to the weather. Luckily, we have a good-sized RV and are staying dry for the most part. I’m thankful for our cozy shelter and actually don’t mind the rain. It makes everything so green and lush and clean again. Inside the camper, it’s very cozy, so even though I miss my house, which we sold in January, I’m enjoying this new chapter in my life.

As you may know, we recently returned from Mexico, where we spent a few months this winter, and are getting ready to go to Europe on another adventure. Our plan is to buy a camper abroad and explore the small towns and villages in Europe. Peter and I camped for six months in Europe in the 90s when our kids were little and have long dreamed of repeating that extraordinary journey.

Now, our kids are grown and have their own lives, so this trip will be different. As many of you who work with your spouses know, spending too much time together can be challenging. Now imagine being in a camper 24/7 with your significant other. Fortunately, I’m married to a wonderful guy, and somehow we manage to give each other enough space and let the small things slide. I’m so grateful for Peter and all he does to make our dreams come true.

I will be working remotely during our summer adventure and will write about the places we visit each month. Subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter on our website (tidewaterfamilyplus.com) for the latest updates.

One more thing, you’ll notice we combined our two calendars into one starting this issue. So many events are perfect for all ages that it seemed to make sense to compile them into one jam-packed calendar. Soon we’ll be launching a user-friendly online calendar on our website, making it easier to submit your events, even at the last minute. Meanwhile, peruse the June Calendar and make plans to enjoy the fabulous happenings this month.

Aren’t you grateful to be alive? Thanks again for all your support.

Peggy Sijswerda

Peggy Sijswerda is the editor and publisher of Tidewater Family Plus magazine. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from Old Dominion University and is the author of Still Life with Sierra, a travel memoir. Peggy also freelances for a variety of regional, national, and international magazines.

Website: www.peggysijswerda.com

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