I'm writing a weekly post to express gratitude for everything I have been blessed with in my life. Will you join me in sharing just five things you are grateful for this week?
This week's gratitude post is entirely inspired by my 4-ish mile walk to and from the dollar store along the canal. There's something about walking that far in 85 degrees pushing a stroller holding two, twenty plus pound children and a little extra baggage that makes a host of things run through your head. Thus, this week I'm grateful for:
Water: Although I didn't bring enough and my throat was ridiculously dry by the time we got home, I was very thankful for the water I did have. Very, very thankful.
Clouds: I love clouds, not because they are white and fluff, but mostly because they cover the sun...sometimes.
Shade: Even more than clouds, I loved the bits of shade that I came across along the walk as they provided me the tiniest bit of reprieve from the blazing sun. Even more refreshing were they after the huge stretches of shadeless path where I thought on more than one occasion that I wasn't going to make it.
Air Conditioning: I know I've used this one before, but it hasn't gotten old. After a long walk like that, opening the front door and feeling a nice cold breeze of air from inside the house is just satiating.
Our Ancestors: I couldn't help thinking about all the people who traveled up and down the canal when it was operational. Obviously, they didn't have air conditioning and I wondered what they did to relieve themselves of the constant heat. I kept thinking about them and trying to imagine how difficult life was for them while I would soon be returning to my townhouse with air conditioning and a refrigerator full of food. I am so thankful for the life I have today and thankful for all the people who came before me.