By singer/songwriter Carrie Newcomer
Every night before I go to sleep
I say out loud
Three things that I’m grateful for,
All the significant, insignificant
Extraordinary, ordinary stuff of my life.
It’s a small practice and humble,
And yet, I find I sleep better
Holding what lightens and softens my life
Ever so briefly at the end of the day.
And after three things,
More often than not,
I get on a roll and I just keep on going,
I keep naming and listing,
Until I lie grinning,
Blankets pulled up to my chin,
Awash with wonder
At the sweetness of it all.
As for this photograph, another personal gratitude would have to be Gibb’s Gardens, a local venue that opened just a few years ago. This long-time dream of its owner welcomes visitors daily, and on a few Saturday evenings in summer, when it hosts “Twilight in the Gardens”. His dream is our great fortune.