Thank you.

Today, I started my morning with coffee. Okay, a lot of coffee.

Then I threw in a load of laundry. I vacuumed. I walked the dog. I read. I did some writing.

I didn’t do anything out of the ordinary.

And I’m so thankful for it.

Because I have an “ordinary” that allows me to do these things.

I don’t live my life in fear. I’m safe. Privileged. I have rights. Freedoms.

And the utmost appreciation for those who have defended, and continue to defend, life as I know it.

So, today I had some coffee. I did some chores. I sat in front of my computer.

And I thank every member of the armed services – past and present – for giving me the opportunity to live this predictable, stable, and ordinary life.