good things in March: saying thank you and waving

April is National Poetry Month.

“Thanks” by W. S. Merwin

with the night falling we are saying thank you
we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the railings
we are running out of the glass rooms
with our mouths full of food to look at the sky
and say thank you
we are standing by the water thanking it
smiling by the windows looking out
in our directions

back from a series of hospitals back from a mugging
after funerals we are saying thank you
after the news of the dead
whether or not we knew them we are saying thank you

over telephones we are saying thank you
in doorways and in the backs of cars and in elevators
remembering wars and the police at the door
and the beatings on stairs we are saying thank you
in the banks we are saying thank you
in the faces of the officials and the rich
and of all who will never change
we go on saying thank you thank you

with the animals dying around us
our lost feelings we are saying thank you
with the forests falling faster than the minutes
of our lives we are saying thank you
with the words going out like cells of a brain
with the cities growing over us
we are saying thank you faster and faster
with nobody listening we are saying thank you
we are saying thank you and waving
dark though it is

Gratitude, specifically this list of good things, sometimes feels to me like the last lines of this poem: we are saying thank you and waving / dark though it is. Last year I stopped keeping my list because I didn’t have the energy to keep waving in the dark. But I am back on the wagon. Here are good things in March.


1 – Some new things at work went really well, which was encouraging.
2 – Dinner with friends at a Thai/Vietnamese restaurant.
3 – My basketball team won.
4 – Neighborhood walk with a neighborhood friend.
5 – My friend Susan was awake at 3am to keep me company via texting. And coffee date and dinner with Mike.
6 – My mom kept Atticus one more night so I could get some rest.
7 – Lunch with a librarian friend after Elementary Battle of the Books.
8 – Ice cream at Yum Yum’s.
9 – Atticus leaned his head in so I could kiss him during the correct line of Snuggle Puppy. So fun to watch him learn.
10 – ACC Tournament!
11 – Gorgeous weather meant we could play outside. I missed the end of the tournament but that worked out for the best.
12 – Got our Vote Against Amendment One sign up.
13 – Small group for yoga which makes me more comfortable.
14 – Training at school was really good.
15 – Basketball all. day. long.
16 – Jeans day! And mom brought Atticus to visit me at school.
17 – Toddler play date with friends.
18 – Look, I am sorry, but I love basketball. It is my good thing again.
19 – I was kind of nervous about this, but got really thoughtful and interesting comments and emails.
20 – Yoga.
21 – First meeting of my girls’ book club was small but enthusiastic.
22 – A friend stopped by and helped me chase Atticus around the yard.
23 – Pizza and basketball.
24 – Clothes shopping was a success.
25 – Long walk with Atticus in the afternoon.
26 – Teacher workday. I ate lunch in my car and listened to podcasts and it was really nice.
27 – Dinner with Alisa and another friend at Bianca’s!
28 – Hung out with ladies for my friend’s birthday.
29 – Twin day at school for spirit week. The student reactions to me and my “twin” were priceless.
30 – Some students told me The Hunger Games movie was not as good as the book. Guess I’m doing my job.
31 – Bunny Day at the Natural Science Center! Atticus and his friends had the best time and I had an excuse to go. And then dinner with Alisa at the Goat Lady Dairy.

What are your good things?

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