hot sun on my skin. cool breeze through my hair. birds calling back and forth through the air, twittering calls ringing out all around. wind in the trees of the valley. warm cushions on the deck. the sky, its blue the color of crazy. the fact that summer, so full of life, can have a moment of stillness. the way a jet overhead, incredible thing of human flight, shatters that stillness.
the way woodgrain changes across a plank. a neighborhood child's voice in the distance. the way a dog's fur ruffles in the wind. the taste of cold water. the green of new leaves. the feel of foam flip-flops. the way flip-flops sounds on your tongue.
a pair of chickadees going house hunting only a few feet away, knocking curiously on the walls of a birdhouse, each taking turns checking out the inside while the other surveys the surroundings. the angry growl of a book hitting the ground. the way my hair goes from a relatively neat bun to Einstein the longer I study. the privilege of learning about immunology and oncology - of learning about the human body and all its miracles.
these are the things I'm thankful for today.