Giving thanks

Years ago I wrote a letter to the Compass entitled, ‘Reasons to be thankful’. Even though I am not an American, I am thankful for many things.

Most persons who live in the Cayman Islands suffered damage due to Hurricane Ivan and, as my banker and builder will tell you, as a result of the storm, not only am I deeper in debt, my house is still not completely repaired and probably won’t be for quite some time and not without quite a bit more money.

Things have definitely changed for us all since the hurricane and yet when I look at my life today, I am most definitely thankful.

After the storm, both my husband and I lost our jobs and our cars; 14 months later we both have better jobs that we are much happier in and we have different cars.

Last year at this time I was so very far away from home living with my husband’s family in the UK. It was a decision we took so that our children were safe and in school, but my husband was left here at home in the Cayman Islands and it was hard being so far away from him.

Then I think of my life today versus how it was this time last year I am so immensely thankful to be home, not necessarily in my own home but home in the Cayman Islands with my husband and my children, with sunshine and friendly people.

Hurricane Ivan taught us all many things. We learned who we could count on and who we couldn’t, sometimes with surprising results, but we also learned that God doesn’t give us anything we cannot handle, and that we can handle a lot!

So yes, I get angry at the price of gas and morning traffic like everyone else and I feel sad I am not in my own home, but I am in the Cayman Islands. I have power and water, I have a job that I love and a car that gets me there and, most importantly, I am home with my husband and children.

Life is 100 per cent better this year than it was this time last year. So it matters not what walk of life or where you come from, we all have a tremendous amount to be thankful for, no matter who your God is.

We are recovering, we have gained so much in the past year and while there is still a lot to do, a lot has been done and for that and family and the fact that we are here at home in the Cayman Islands, I am indeed tremendously thankful.

Cathy Richardson