Today I’m grateful for a walk on the beach, sand to explore, barking sea lions, sand crabs somersaulting, sticks, tar, snacks, dirt, the air dampened by salt and little legs exploring each inch of this terrain. I’m thankful for a napping toddler, sweaty curls, a girl who reads, the freedom to close my own eyes midday and the smell of sage and sherry wafting from downstairs. I’m thankful for family, however small, who gather and team and work fluidly together throughout the afternoon and evening. I’m thankful for the farmers who helped feed us, for seven-year old table decor and for dressing that ushers in those who’ve gone before us. I’m grateful for dishwashers, ant spray, left-overs, more ant spray and a foot rub that brought a rich, full day to a close. I’m grateful for full bellies, sleeping children, a thought-provoking film and that even when we disagree, common ground is found before the last lamp turns off.