November 11, 2004

The Anti-Rant

I've seen a lot of rants recently. A lot of people are seriously pissed off and are venting on their blogs. Fair enough. Vent away. If it is entertaining and well written, I will read it. However, it can be tiresome. Anger is fatiguing, after all. And so I give you the anti-rant. A random list of things for which I am grateful if not downright happy.

My Anti-Rant:

I am grateful that the recent presidential election, despite the bitterness with which it was conducted, did not descend into a pit of acrimonious litigation which might have torn the Republic apart.

I am thankful that my family is healthy.

I am grateful, enormously, for every little kiss and I love you my daughter gives to me.

I am also equally grateful every time my 20 month old son calls, "Ba Ba" and holds his arms up to me.

I am grateful for the smell of Johnson's baby shampoo on the hair of children.

I am thankful we have enough money to not worry about putting food on the table or clothing the children. The rest is details.

I am happy that my wife, my childhood sweetheart, loves me and trusts me and, I think, would pack up the family and move with me almost anywhere I wanted to go.

I am grateful that my grandfather just celebrated his 90th birthday and is in excellent health.

I am grateful for the sacrifices made by men and women in uniform.

I am thankful that I live in the United States of America and that my ancestors sought it out as a beacon of hope and the land of opportunity and better things for their children.

I am happy that winter is almost upon us. It is glorious to walk to the train in the morning as the cold cuts through you and makes you feel clean and alive.

I have a lot to be grateful for, thankful for, and happy about. This list is woefully incomplete, but it is a start.

I hope you all can write a similar list, too.

Here endeth the anti-rant.

Posted by Random Penseur at November 11, 2004 11:28 AM

Great list!

Posted by: JohnL at November 11, 2004 03:28 PM

Thank you, John!

Posted by: RP at November 11, 2004 03:31 PM

That was refreshing! Thanks Random! :-)

Posted by: Amber at November 11, 2004 08:26 PM

You forgot to ask for it, but AMEN!

Posted by: Simon at November 12, 2004 12:54 AM

You're right, of course, Simon. Can I get an Amen, brothers and sisters?!?

Thanks, Amber.

Posted by: RP at November 12, 2004 07:18 AM

I'm thankful there are still people out there like Random who appreciate little things and try to keep things level-headed.

Thanks Random.

Posted by: Oorgo at November 12, 2004 11:28 AM
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