365 Days of Thankfulness

Day Fourteen December 6, 2017

I am thankful for rain.

Yesterday we had an afternoon of slow showers and I had errands to run.  I wasn’t upset by the rain.  Instead of focusing on getting wet I kept thinking about the wildfires in southern California.

I spent a couple of weeks just south of the area of the Ventura fires in the early eighties.  The trip included visiting many tourist attractions but also just traveling around the area.  I feel fortunate to have made that trip and I can’t imagine the fear and sorrow people there must be feeling.  After the devastation of the northern California fires this past October I also wonder about how these latest fires were started.  As someone who has camped in wilderness areas I know how careful you need to be with camp fires.  I have slept in a tent in sub-freezing temperatures without a fire and used a camp stove instead of a fire to cook.  Vigilance is even more imperative at a time when our national parks are under ‘review’.

So I hope the winds die down before too much is lost by families and communities in California and I am thankful for our rain yesterday.   No area is completely without the danger of fires as we in the mountains of North Carolina learned through various fires in the Linville Gorge area.   (If you live in an area prone to wildfires, or even just want to prepare for the unthinkable event of a home fire, you can find an excellent list here.)

In closing today’s thoughts on thankfulness remember to

Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.

Langston Hughes

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