we have recently been discussing the places
we have lived
and what we did and did not like about them.
One "loopie" in particular,
an Orange County resident,
got kind of fired up because she felt like
California was getting dissed
(cost of living etc.)
I was thinking of that discussion today
as I was outside with my family
in PURE ECSTASY over the weather.
Sunny, blue skies, 53 degrees...
in FEBRUARY!! In the mid Atlantic!
This is clearly outside of the norm
and I commented off handedly to Rob
"I could get used to living in a climate like this!"
as I was cleaning out my car outside
wearing a tank top and sweats.
Shortly thereafter, I reconsidered.
Part of what made today so glorious,
so practically celebratory,
was its oddity.
If this were a typical weather day in February,
would I feel this awestruck, this grateful?
And that is the lesson of life:
it is because we have pain, sorrow,
unhappiness and storms
that we appreciate and revel in those days
that are beautiful and clear -
and give thanks.