Dispensing with my usual thoughts, artistry, poetry, and song, I have decided to write you some plain prose, in case the literal can inspire some understanding, and in case you are used to memo reading or reading newspapers or somesuch exercise.
It is an old custom, but maybe you have not heard of it, to lie in bed after waking and think of ten things to be thankful for before jumping out to greet the rest of the day.
Nobody needs any examples of this, since you probably have a habit of it already, but just for fun I made up a list for today, because it is thanksgiving week, and you have to do something when that feeling of gratefulness starts to well up in you for no good reason at all.
I am thankful for the sunlight released upon the garden through the crashed and krinkled trees.
Thankful for the grocer who brought me cherries from ,
Thankful for the late summer snow which makes our indian summer twice as warm,
Thankful for pumpkin pie for breakfast,
Thankful for the friends I have known, and finer friends I'll not be knowing.
Thankful for having had aunts and uncles, and not living where they are outlawed.
Thankful for Roman Plaskota, Norm Beaudry, John and Sally Perkins, and the rock gardeners world wide who gather and donate seed for us.
Thankful for the inventors who solved our problems and not just suffered them.
Thankful for the angel who rang our bell and asked for work to clear our acres of tree limbs after the storm, so much, so much work.
And thankful for another day above ground, a great one.
See, it is child's play.
Benedictio Mensae - Blessing Before Meals
V. Benedíc nos Dómine et haec Túa dóna quae de Túa largitáte súmus sumptúri. Per Chrístum Dóminum nóstrum.
Ámen. V. Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord.