Wednesday, December 07, 2016

12:34 December 7

Today, I was very mindful of the many connections to people in my life, past and present, today. I'm thankful for those--for the memories they evoke and the possibilities they offer.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

12:34 December 6

Evan said something this morning that I've thought about all day. I've had the De La Soul song "Here In After" stuck in my head for a few days. It opens with a few lines about having lost loved ones:
I ain't tryna waste this
Took a long time cryin', cryin' ain't a crime.
I got my mom, she passed away, my daddy ain't alive
Before they murdered Fudge, I prayed for more time
Had y'all on my mind all week--I missed the last
Evan, being the empathetic soul that he is, asked whether Dave's mom and dad were really dead. I told him they were, as far as I knew. We listened to the song a little more, then he smiled a big smile and said "I just can't believe someone can make the truth sound so beautiful."

I've thought a lot about what it might mean to make the truth beautiful. I guess it's a struggle sometimes to see beauty the way things are. That's also what makes it special when it pops up. I'm thankful for Evan especially today, but also for beautiful truths and those who note, sing, and celebrate them.

Monday, December 05, 2016

12:34 December 5

I'm thankful for butternut squash soup. Tonight was the first time I've made it since last winter/early spring.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

12:34 December 4

I'm thankful for De La Soul. I listened to their most recent album while running home from church today. Their first record was the first CD I ever bought, and I feel like we've grown up together.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

12:34 December 3

We are expecting to not be away from home much over the holidays, so we got a real Christmas tree for the first time. The kids are fascinated by its size and smell and curious that we have to water it. Lala hugged the tree before she went to bed. I'm thankful to be in the midst of making fun memories.

Friday, December 02, 2016

12:34 December 2

I'm thankful for friends who check in on me at work and offer their assistance. This was a long week made better by good teamwork.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

12:34 December 1

I'm thankful for a Thursday night out, followed by a Friday off.