The air is still heavy with Sandy Hook, but it does help me to feel gratitude. For one thing, the universal shock, disbelief, and sense of tragedy is in itself a good thing. It's when this sort of thing is no longer so shocking that we've really lost our humanness.
So, I reflect on the goodness of the week just past. For one, Chaco is home for his long winter break. Evidence abounds:
"Chaco Central" was quickly set up in the ManCave, pretty much taking up the entire surface of the project table... and a few square feet of floor space.
And we can't overlook the obstacle challenge of getting anything out of the coat closet.
The Ellie Mae has been with us for one week now, and I continue to just love her. What a fun and friendly little vehicle! One of our bargaining chips was that she needed some new tires. I took her to our shop of choice to get her all decked out. Those guys down there know me all too well, greetings of "Hey (cashflow) Abby!" when I step in the door. It's a wonder they haven't gotten me one of those lovely shirts with my name on the lapel with all the time (is money) I'd spent there with the Subaru. No offense, but I hope to be seeing much less of them now.
My tutor matching service did a "Twelve Days of Christmas" promo for the first 12 days of December. Each day, one tutor and one student that had a lesson that day were chosen for something from the gift shop. Well, I didn't win, wasn't chosen on any day, but it was still fun to check each day. They're an enjoyable and user friendly group to work with, and I don't need a water bottle/t-shirt/hat/other propaganda anyway.
In other employment gratitude, I'm grateful for my crossing guard job. As far as "moonlighting" activities go, it's a privilege to work with the elementary kids and their families, as reminded from Friday's events. Friday afternoon's traffic was solemnly well behaved. I guess drivers realized, for a while anyway, that maybe an elementary school crossing isn't so inconvenient after all.
I also got a small raise. Don't tell them, but I'd do it for free.