I am thankful for–

  • sweet goodbyes and the wise words of Gandalf– “I will not say ‘Do not weep,’ for not all tears are an evil.”
  • people watching opportunities in the airport– I saw a Buddhist monk, an orthodox rabbi, an Amish family all in the Sao Paulo airport, and I saw Santa Claus in Washington DC.
  • Taco Bell, Dr. Pepper, American sized drinks with ice and free refills, and Three Musketeers
  • getting to see my family again
  • being able to shop for clothes I understand
  • memories and pictures
  • the kind emails and notes and calls I’ve gotten from people thinking of me during the past week
  • instant messaging programs
  • courage to stand up for what I believe in
  • hope for the future

Oh love that will not let me go, I rest my weary soul in Thee.
I give Thee back the life I owe that in Thine ocean depths its flow may richer, fuller be.
–George Matheson

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