Morning has arrived, but there is no blog post draft to hit “publish” on.
So, although this is
a little pretty lame, here are some things on my mind:
- It’s November, which automatically leads us to thinking about things we’re thankful for. Lately, I have been thankful beyond all reasonable expectation for people who work. Seriously. Like yesterday, I was doing errands in the grocery store and began a brief conversation with the guy putting out cups of yogurt. He said something, I said something, then he said, “I’ve been doing this for years.” I told him I hoped he didn’t get too cold working around frozen stuff all day. He just grinned and said, “Been doing it for years!” Such a big smile on his face, so much satisfaction — from putting out cartons of yogurt. Then I had a mystery shop lunch at a Mexican place. The lady preparing my entree obviously had a shaky-at-best grasp of English, and I had to stop her a time or two before she put the wrong thing on my salad, but hey — she was working! I just felt happy that she, who could probably come up with a way to get unemployment or disability, was actually showing up to earn a living. I feel a sneaking suspicion that my gratitude is just the resulting of feeling that way too many Americans are dropping out of the workforce, but regardless: I am really grateful for people who put forth an effort to take care of themselves.
- It’s November, which also means that summer is really truly over, as is the decent part of fall. The older I get, the more I understand why seasoned citizens enjoy heading south in the winter. Heck, I would do it if I could. I just don’t enjoy winter anymore. It’s not even so much the snow as the general gloom and darkness that take up so much of the day. A few years back, I read a book about a horrible crime committed not far from here. The author began by describing how the gray, cloudy skies just linger in mid-winter here for week after week after week. It’s enough to drive someone to — be seasonally depressed, at least.
What’s on your mind these days? Chime in in the comments.