I appreciate the first gift of today. Pre-dawn, the moon, and sunrise all offered stirring displays for the heart of one new 50 year old.
Even Clara seemed to have trouble taking her eyes off the eastern sky.
Peaceful home, slumbering family, beauty, companionship, a well functioning body to walk in the glow, a healthy mind to ponder its significance, and the freedom to go back to bed if I so choose. Not a bad list of birthday gifts to lead me on into the day, and into my next half-century.
Of course I should also mention that gift of life. Sometimes we forget about that one.
There have been times that I wondered along the way if I would even live this long. Here I stand, with so much life behind me that it almost seems like overindulgence to imagine so much more life ahead.
But here I am -- I am certainly not going to turn it down, whatever is coming next.
Bring it on.