Today concludes my naming of 30 things (one for each day of November) for which I’m thankful:
21. Four seasons. Does it get boring to just have hot/dry and cold/wet seasons? People near the equator don’t get to see the leaves change color or feel the joy of shedding coats, hats, gloves, and boots.
22. Modern meteorology, forecasting, and communication. It’s not perfect, but we often have advance notice of severe weather.
23. Sunshine, especially in the winter. It may not actually warm things up, but it helps my attitude and feeling of well-being.
24. Coffee, hot chocolate, hot tea, but mostly coffee. I love the feeling of comfort and well-being that accompany warm drinks. Is that because we tend to sip warm drinks, so it means a break from the hustle and bustle of normal life?
25. Exercise. I don’t get enough, and I don’t always like it. But, I’m glad it’s something we can do “for our health and for fun,” and not like it often has been in the past, and still is for many people in the world, where they must do so much physical labor it literally wears them out at a young age.
26. Indoor plumbing. Remember–it’s winter in South Dakota.
27. Written & oral history. Our history is sometimes ugly, but could you imagine if you didn’t know anything that happened before your birth? How would we put anything into perspective?
28. Fire fighters and police officers. Every day they go to work, they risk injury and death.
29. The spouses and children of fire fighters and police officers. They live with a daily stress I can only imagine.
30. Mrs. Turner, my junior high English teacher, who encouraged me to take her high school journalism class. Sometimes it just takes one teacher to say “You can do it!”
What are you thankful for?