i thank you god for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky: and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes
(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)
how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any–lifted from the no
of all nothing–human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?
(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)
– e.e. cummings
i read these lines and i feel something so much bigger and more beautiful than i can understand. i am grateful. we are grateful. we are alive together, in this light, in the light and love of each other. i give thanks that i learned about life by loving you, and that it is a gift that opens itself each day, blooming, pointed towards the sun.
i am thankful for the eyes by which i can see you, and even more for the eyes of my heart. because i can feel you. i am thankful for the hard days, the pressing on, the walking through the storms, the disappointments. i am thankful that someone else comes first, and in that beautiful weight, i have found myself. i am thankful for love, in every day, in every person, in every bit of hope.
i am so grateful that i found my way to a camera after i became a mother. though some days i mourn the years i missed with such a gift in my hands, i like to believe that there is something special about right now. we see the most beauty when we have been through the dark. so i am grateful for that dark too, and for the strength it has given me to fight for the light around you, within you. i am grateful for you two. you are everything. you changed the entire game.