Some of the Things I am Grateful For
The people they married.
The children they will have some day.
The children they will never have.
Our bonus boy.
Shingles that hold.
Shoes that lace up tight.
The voice on the phone when service comes back.
Flashlights that work.
Diet Coke with ice and a straw.
Peanut butter cookies.
Buff-clad Guardsmen seeing things I cannot see.
Giant blue tarps.
Cases of water on a dark street corner.
Bobcats, driven by people we have never met.
Foundations that hold.
Infrastructure strong enough to keep going.
People in work boots.
Hands in work gloves.
Sunshine the day after.
A waving Santa.
Local weathermen who stay the course.
Local radio who walk it with us.
Going to sleep.
The paper boy.
Stories of people I know doing work that matters.