Monday, April 8, 2013

G is for Gratitude, with a Capital G

I had a topic all set for "G." It's a classic New York landmark, and one so obvious that when I mentioned that the letter for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge was "G" a colleague said, "Are you doing Grand Central Station?" Yes, I have pictures and we will celebrate the 100th birthday of Grand Central Station at the end of this post. But first I want to recount some thoughts that came to me as I was walking on Broadway tonight. The first thought of this post is "G" for Gratitude, with a capital "G."

I'm so very grateful that I can write the words, "...walking on Broadway tonight." Some of you know the story of my illness last year and cheered me on through the surgery and my recovery. To all of you, my gratitude, too. But for those who are newer blog friends, at this time last year I began to lose the ability to walk. In May I was diagnosed with a spinal cord tumor and underwent surgery in June. I am grateful for a quick diagnosis, my wonderful neurosurgeon and all the medical professionals and loved ones who aided my recovery. I'm not exactly where I was before, but just to walk home with minimal pain and no limp is a gift of great magnitude and for me, tonight, G is for Gratitude with a capital G.

Now on to the previously scheduled post, Happy Birthday, Grand Central Station!

Grand Central celebrated its 100th birthday this spring and I only hope I look so terrific at 100! The Terminal was completely renovated in 1998 and the look is fabulous. The link has a great history of the station and is definitely worth looking at. I am often one of the tens of thousands of people traveling through Grand Central as part of their day.

This photograph gives some of the beautiful ceiling detail. 

I love this picture. Obviously I wasn't the only person snapping pictures of the station. 

The featured blogger for today is Carol, at "My Name was Anna". Carol is a new blogger, with a wonderful writing voice. I have really enjoyed reading her blog and look forward to getting to know to know her. 

Please stop by tomorrow, chocolate fans. I've got a really sweet post for "H." 

Wishes for a Happy Tuesday!


Nellie said...

Wonderful birthday for Grand Central Station! Thank you for sharing the pictures.

Mevely317 said...

I can't believe it's been a year already, Carol ... Thank goodness for happy endings!

I'd love to see Grand Central in person, someday.

Dee said...

Oh gosh, your story of being able to walk again tugged at my heartstrings. I'm really happy for you that you pulled through that ordeal! Thanks for sharing this story for the benefit of your new blog friends.

Thank you also for sharing the pictures and story of the grand central station. It's a very popular landmark that O wish to be able to see in person someday.


A wonderful outcome, indeed.

Deanna said...

Oh, I did not know about your illness, but so grateful to hear that it has a happy ending and a good recovery. Yes, I can imagine you must be truly grateful for all that has been given to you this past year. Thanks for sharing and also for the info on Grand Central Station and it's 100th birthday. Congrats to you both!!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Gratitude is a wonderful G word. You do have much to be grateful for. Hope you have a terrific Tuesday!

Denise D Hammond, CGFM-Retired said...

So G-lad you are doing better and walking better. Grand Central is a beautiful choice for 'G'.

Carol said...

Thank you Carol for the 'featured blogger' I am honored!

Thank you also for the trip we are taking through NY. I can't wait to visit someday.

Theresa said...

Happy Tuesday to you too! I remember Grand Central Station, so beautiful! I know that you grateful to have your back feeling so much better! Thankful! Have a blessed day dear friend! HUGS!

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I love Grand Central Station. Every time I go there, memories come rushing back.

It is amazing what medical science can do today and how grateful many of us are for the doctors and nurses who get us through these health crises we face.

Anonymous said...

Lots to be grateful for today! Thanks for the info on Grand Central- no idea it was a day to celebrate!

Grammy Staffy said...

I remember how worried I was about you last year. I am also grateful you are so much better. I've been in Grand Central and I was taking pictures too. Hugs, Lura