For the past month, we have been having discussions on “gratitude” at church each week. Today we had our ingathering of pledges for the coming year, and were encouraged to write a thank you note to someone who had taught us gratitude. I would like to share the note I wrote to my mom:

“Thank you, Mom, for teaching me that a woman can love her family unconditionally; can love God even without going to church; can hunt and gut her own deer; can create beauty from “found” things; can refuse to accept ugliness in people or in circumstances; can always anticipate goodness.”