Next week starts High Holidays, a fairly reflective season filled with shouldas and wouldas and couldas – and I’m sorry-ies. I decided that before my head and heart shift to taking stock of all the things that could have been done better or were wrong or hurtful, I should start by saying “thank you.” There are a lot of reasons to say I’m sorry this year, but it doesn’t mean a thank you isn’t important, or has to wait.
First, thank you for following along and reading through all the stops and starts of this tiny piece of Internet. Your presence here, whether you announce it or not, is so valued and so appreciated. I very much want you to know this.
And now, in no particular order:
I am thankful for the patience of others.
For doctors that heal.
For being able to make my kids laugh.
For ice cream and the ocean.
For friends who live in my computer and my heart.
For surprise postcards.
That you remembered.
That I remember.
For soft sheets.
For creativity that hasn’t dried up.
For mischief – and adventure.
For sun-induced naps.
For perfect recipes.
For new clothes and old t-shirts.
For new pens.
For hugs – and kisses.
For bad movies and good stories.
For the ah-ha moment on my kid’s face.
For the smell of coffee.
For things that test me.
For the strength to finish the test.
For fresh flowers.
For pizza in the living room.
For dessert in the bathtub.
For handwritten notes.
For root beer.
For a touch.
For lessons hard-learned, but well taught.
For the opportunity and courage to hit “send,” or drop it in the mail.
For a crisp white and a warm red.
For the ping sound crystal makes.
For August 28th.
For the cosmic balance of 3.
For yours, mine, ours.
For then, now, and always.
What are you thankful for today?