and the children said thank you

     Early last night, we sat on our front steps with a big, orange bowl of candy. Small princesses and butterflies and dragons came down the sidewalk, wide-eyed. Little hands took candy, and parents asked, “What do you say?” And the children said thank you.  

     Early this morning, wide-eyed, I take the sun coming up and legs that walk and the roof over my head and the warmth of dogs and two eyes that see. And I say thank you.

“Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive. . . .” Thomas Merton

“[A]lways giving thanks. . . .” Ephesians 5:15