What have I come to appreciate this year? Many things. Believe it or not, I have come to appreciate what Michigan has to offer. I tried to spend each day this summer enjoying the warmth and greenery, storing it up for winter’s chill. I appreciate being able to plant things and see them grow without much effort. I appreciate not having to water the grass three times a week all year. I appreciate the bounty of the harvest up here, with almost anything that grows available to pick or buy within an hour’s drive.
I’ve been working on appreciating my children more this year. That sounds horrible, but I’ve found a nasty tendency on my part to get annoyed too quickly. So I’m working to bury that impulse, and to smile and enjoy the moment instead of insisting on quiet and order all the time.