Today I am thinking of things
I am specifically thankful for.
What’s on your list?
I have the usual stuff …
But also electric lights and curling irons,
hot and cold running water on demand,
appliances that ease and expedite my life.
For moms and dads and cars that start.
For air conditioning and forced air heat.
I’m thankful that I live in America.
I can vote,
continue my education,
and go to stores or movies
without much fear of being
sold into slavery.
My life has not been without tragedy.
As a woman who has suffered loss,
I will tell you it’s the kindness of friends and strangers alike
that helped me make it through long seasons of sorrow.