Here are a few things I am thankful for right now. Just a few, I can list more later. Because gratitude is the enemy of despair and a curative for fear. And because my faith teaches me to unforget what I have been given, whether my community is experiencing sunlight or hailstorm.
I am grateful for a house full of books.
For this soft bed, when I am fatigued.
For friends who gather around us in a rough season.
For my strong wife, a fierce partner when there’s a crisis. And whose voice is soft and lovely this morning. I am thankful the house is quiet and she could sleep in.
I am grateful for my readers, who love the stories and have amazing and unexpected stories of their own.
I am grateful for my Patreon members, who keep this wild endeavor of mine funded and help keep the children fed and well.
I am grateful for the talent and skill of our local medical community. I am thinking especially of Inara’s doctors and providers.
I am grateful for Inara’s fierceness, Cirdan’s kindness, and River’s laughter.
I am thankful for this very warm blanket right now.
I am thankful for this bookmark, which reminds me where I left off and keeps me from falling into the barbarism of folding down the corners of pages. (Shudder.)
I am grateful we have clean water to drink.
I am grateful I get to tell all of you stories.