Thursday, November 28, 2013 • 6:23 AM Comments (1)

Thankful For...

posted by Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser

Words

Silences

Gentle sunrises

Intense sunsets

Those days the air brushes cheeks just rightly

The climb from Prospect Street up Round Hill Road

The sky

Feet

Floor

Legs

Teenagers’ hugs

Eleven year-old boy’s hugs

Kindergartner’s leaps into arms with warning

Dear Hubs’ hugs

Dearest Hubs

Dear friends

Teenagers’ friends

Fifth grade friends

Small girl’s tried-and-true friends

New school friends

My kids’ elementary school

Kindergarten

My kids’ former preschool

That preschool begets the adjective former

Holding babies

Holding visions

Holding confidences

Problem solving and problem holding

Bratty moments

The Y

Gymnastics teachers

Berkshire Natural vending machines

Open gymnastics

My camera

My computer

My paper calendar

Comfort, the ability to give

Peace

Justice

Feminism

Activists

Feminists

Farmers

Community

A certain soccer coach I’m married to

A certain soccer coach I’m mother to

My mothers’ group

My writing groups

Writing

Readers

Mentors

Modern medicine

Yoyos

Nashville, on television and in real life

Music of Nashville

Live music

Jamming, as in making jam

Skype connections

Editors

Theater

An aspiring director I’m mother to

Being fifty with a five-year-old

Books

Picture books

Small girl’s drawings

The small girl’s mother

Family, as we live it

Willingness to keep trying

Laughter

Tears

Television

Frozen Yogurt

White noise machine

Sleep

As is true every year, the list really does go on and on, long past the last entry that gets written down. I do practice observation—and I do believe from observation comes gratitude. Even when the going gets tough, and this year has had its fair share of tough, I feel grateful for getting to meet it and hold it and struggle. Living is all these things, small and big, hard, easy, and in that way, we get to the sweetness—and learn to savor it.

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and so grateful for neighbors up the hill . . .

Posted by jst on 11.29.13 at 11:27
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