It's Thursday, again, already.
On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for:
Autumn's low-angle light
The word autumn which strikes me as more optimistic than fall
Small gestures that remind me that it's the little things that make life big
Old friends and easy laughter
Good eggs (as in, people)
Good eggs (as in, scrambled)
My mother, laughing
An unexpected note
An anticipated phone call
The commitment of 5 Things That Don't Suck.
People who shake hands
People who hug with enthusiasm, and not like they might catch my cooties
The word pluck
Foraging for chanterelles, blackberries, and other edibles
A deep breath in a thick forest in late-day light
The smell of clothes fresh from the dryer
The science of long-lasting lipstick
Hair that bounces into place (usually just days before a scheduled haircut)
Sunshine in the morning
In the middle of nothing special, remembering this phrase from my mother: Wake up bright to the morning light to do what's right with all your might (also: Go play in traffic and I'm gonna punch your lights out).
The freedom to read what some want to censor (see: banned books)
Students who grow up, get jobs, and turn into nice people
This passage, from Journal of Solitude by May Sarton: It takes a long time, all one's life, to learn to love one person well — with enough distance, enough humility.
Having someone with whom I can practice learning to love well
Riding my one-speed cruiser
A weekend without internet
Bath, with bubbles
Invitations to take part in literary events
Cheap wine that tastes good
The way ironing helps me work out the day's wrinkles
You. Yes, every known and unknown you who is reading this list and maybe, possibly, making your own. I am thankful for you.
It's Thankful Thursday!
Gratitude. Appreciation. Praise.
Please join me in a weekly pause to appreciate the people, places & things that bring joy.
What are you thankful for today?