Each day is a gift. A present. A present of sunshine in the morning and breath to live. The sun comes up to open the stage for our day. And the sun sets at night when the curtain closes.
I just went through the photographs on my computer looking for a photograph that would illustrate what I am thankful for. And I found a series of sunrise photographs from two years ago.
The sunrise photograph was taken in Sweden on May 2nd, 2014. My friend and I woke up before sunrise and waited for the sun. One little day that we wanted to embrace from beginning to end.
We wanted to see the sun rise. We sat on rocks in an open field and waited. I am thankful for my friend who waited for the sun to rise with me.
The sunrise I am thankful for happened one year, ten months and twenty-two days ago.
It is interesting how one day can be special, and the rest of our days can become monotonous, a cycle of waking and sleeping, each day like the next, rolling into years of dirty dishes and cut grass.
What are you thankful for?
I forget to be thankful. I forget to be thankful for the people I love and see every day. I notice when they leave the empty milk cartoon on the counter and don’t throw it away, don’t wipe the counter off when they spill jam, or leave their egg shells on the counter after they drink their eggs for breakfast.
The small irritations in life become the focus. The small kindnesses get lost in the egg shells and spilled jam. Today I want to be thankful. Tomorrow too, and the next day. Living a thankful life.
Today I am thankful I have been married for twenty-five years, six months and one day, to my kind husband, and I am thankful my favorite sardines are on sale at Costco.
From March 3rd until March 28th, a six-pack of Season Brand sardines are $3.00 off. And not just any sardine. Season Brand sardines are skinless and boneless in pure olive oil. The sardines are wild caught and certified Friend of The Sea sustainable. There are 1,300 mg of Omega 3 Fatty Acids per container. And, one more thing, they expire on 12/31/2019.
Now that is something to be thankful for. A kind husband and sardines and peas for breakfast.
I am also thankful my breakfast is protected from the cats when I get a glass of water. Nepeta also likes sardines.
What are you thankful for today?
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Writing every day in March with the slice of life challenge at Two Writing Teachers