A new LJ-friend of mine, lindalee_, set down an interesting quote the other day: "The more you recognize and express gratitude for the things you have, the more things you will have to express gratitude for." -- Zig Ziglar
Immature dragonflies, called nymphs, live in the water for 2 to 4 years, eating smaller aquatic insects. A nymph will shed its skin many times, before crawling out of the water and shedding its for a final time, to emerge as a flying adult. After that, the adults have a terribly short life span--only four or five weeks.
But imagine. To be possessed of wings during the height of summer. To have your life spent water-bound, only to wake up one day and be able to sail the warm summer currents, to touch down upon a rock in a babbling stream, to soar in the air where you once your life was surrounded by sea. Is the short lifespan worth that initial thrill of discovery?
For me, summers live dragonfly lives, and here we are, a few short weeks before another is about to end. But I love the new songs I've discovered and the new friends I've made.
I'm grateful for the fact that Corb thinks I look like a panda bear when I work out with my exercise ball.
I'm grateful that Corb and Andrew can bicker about house bound plants. Certainly not every family has it so lucky, that the exes can stand to be in the same room together for even five minutes, much less hang out with the new significant others, time and time again.
I'm grateful that Josie and I can still go out to Dunkies for coffee, and a bacon, egg, and cheese croissant. That we can work out our finances without things turning into World War Three.
I'm grateful that I can sit by the pool and read Harry Potter while the kids divide up all the inflatable toys to play house.
I'm grateful for Sunday morning breakfasts with Annie.
I'm grateful that Tiger can sit me down at the end of the day and show of the rock collection he put together that day at camp, including a long thin, rock that looks like fur from a lion.
I'm grateful that Corb and I can discover new Mexican restaurants, and load up on tortilla chips before the main course arrives.
I am grateful.
It's a good life.
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