This is how Anne Dillon responded to the homework in her Joyous Ruminations online class: What am I most grateful for in my life right now? Why does that make me grateful? How does that make me feel? This one feels appropriate for Valentine’s month, too.
To quote my late husband, Bill: “Waking up on the grass side of the dirt is a good thing.”
At 78 years old, I am most grateful to greet the world each day, rain or shine, with or without painful joints, with money in the bank or slightly poor. It doesn’t matter. A new day is a new day and I am thankful.
It gives me pause for thankfulness when I hop on I-5 to drive my granddaughter to school in Tacoma, a two-hour plus round-trip drive in heavy traffic. My mother did not drive and was in her grave at 78. I am grateful to be a vibrant 78-year-old woman of independent means and choices. Nice!
I feel independent when I am not afraid to drive on freeways. I feel competent when my son trusts that I am able to transport his precious daughter to school without incident.
I am grateful for the affection of a lovely man in my life. I am happy that we like to see movies together, or share a glass of wine, or that he likes to talk politics with me. I am grateful that we are on the same side. Good one.
I am grateful to be on good terms with all people, especially the ones I am related to. I like that my cat, Jilly-Bean, greets me with deep throaty purrs.
So, to paraphrase a quote from a beautiful man: I am grateful to wake up on the grass side of the dirt each morning.
Anne Dillon is a longtime Washington writing student with Ariele Huff.
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