Because of this Facebook thingamajig, I find that I still learn from them. One of them, a fellow from one of our favorite towns, Havre de Grace, MD, is named John Gross, and he recently challenged me to
Easy as pie. In fact, easier than pie, since I won't have to make a crust for this daily list. Three times seven is 21, and if I can't list 21 things I appreciate, then grits ain't groceries, and they're on my plate for sure.
|THIS Phil Harris, voice of Baloo|
We'll start with Peggy, my teenaged wife of almost 41 years. I won't go into a dissertation about how I fell in love in the first three seconds of a blind date that's still going on, but let's just say that I'm a lucky man in that my wife and my best friend are the same person, so when I want to tell my best friend how much in love I am, she's always right there! How convenient! And, I will hasten to point out that I realize that life with me is not easy. Just the music that pours out of my den (Phil Harris! Perry Como with the Fontane Sisters! Kris Kross! The Fralinger String Band from Philadelphia!) and the jokes that pour out of my den ("Conjunctivitis.Com is a site for sore eyes!") and the books that are stacked in my den, and my projects down in the basement workshop ("I need two parts Hydrogen, one part Oxygen, and I'll be swimming in free water!) None of that bothers her, as long as she has our lovely home to share with the man she has loved since that blind date many Junes ago. I love Peggy above all. But I need to list more things for which I am grateful.
|Young Frank Zappa|
And for the third thing today, let's say I love the world and almost all the people in it. We spent Saturday dinner and Sunday brunch with my cousin, second cousins and third cousins and it was wonderful fun to chatter about this and that. I've been blessed with lots of good friends in this happy life, and the chances are that if you're reading this, you're one of them, so thank you for that, too!