There is so much for which to be grateful. Three large Serviceberry trees in full bloom on a Spring morning are a wonderful reminder!
Moms too are reminders of how much we have to be thankful for, including life itself. My mom seemed nearly always to be grateful, even if her life was not always easy. She inspired me to be grateful of life.
These past few weeks have been day after day of appreciating the arrival of Spring, the wonder of family and friends, and the many small things that make my town of Montpelier such a great place to live. Here are a few highlights:
In the light of the all-too-often dismal news that greets us daily, one might argue that Montpelier is an anomaly. I’d suggest we are not, that we represent life as it can be and what is, in fact, normal in life. Small towns and villages and neighborhoods all over the world look much like we do—celebrating Spring, gathering at a market of local farmers, nurturing our children and the arts and doing our best to be our best.
While the world is certainly rife with problems—all caused by myself and our fellow human animals—I suggest the world we see on the six o’clock news, even though all too real for too many, is the one that is not normal. We can do better than that and, really, we must.
I am grateful for the small things nearly every day. Thanks, mom, for reminding me and inspiring me.