This Gratitude Journal comes with a confession.
I confess that I spent the weekend hoping to hear some poetry news (I did receive one rejection), and I felt guilty with all the tragedy in the world right now--the devastation and human loss in Japan, and the ongoing conflict in Libya. And the loss in Wisconsin. Closer to home, and who knows how large that will loom in our future?
So much sorrow, so much to mourn. Such long roads.
This is when it's hard to feel thankful. Maybe this is when it's most important.
I'm thankful our family could come together last night--both sides--to celebrate my daughter's 18th birthday. I'm thankful one son made it up from Olympia. We'll catch up with the other son later--although there won't be any cake left.
I'm thankful the cake I made turned out--and I'm thankful my husband did all the rest of the cooking so I could focus on that cake.
I'm thankful for the dance class I took this morning--first time in more than two years, and apparently I can still walk.
I'm thankful for some time to write today, to try to make the poem I want to make.
Open the door. Open my heart.