gratitude — the state of being grateful : thankfulness
A special edition of “Gratitude Sunday” this Easter week — We’ve just returned from a wonderful dinner with my parents. Lively conversation and delicious food on the table, except for the traditional dandelion, which has yet to make its appearance this year. Easter just wasn’t Easter for my grandfather without dandelion — he loved to pick the “weed” that was then served with a hot dressing of bacon and hard-boiled eggs (of course!) over boiled young potatoes. The tradition lives on today for our family (we substituted spinach this year), except my father makes a “Baco’s” version for me, and for that I am grateful.
March has been a long challenging month, too busy and stressful for my liking, but also one that afforded many “teaching moments.” Many of these challenges were not new, but I finally had the wisdom to sit back and refocus and see the changes that need to be made to make our path a more peaceful and enjoyable one. And for that I am grateful.
Every day I look outside and see the signs, the subtle little signs, that this season of rebirth, renewal, and resurrection is well underway. The snowdrops, the budding blueberry bush and climbing rose, the return of cowbirds, robins, and red-winged blackbirds at our feeders, the heavily pregnant raccoon Buster and I spotted on our run in the woods yesterday — all of these bring smiles, hope, and for that I am most grateful.
Happy Easter, happy Spring!