Today is the Monday before Thanksgiving. I've been doing the #30DaysOfThankful posts on Facebook, and it's reminded me to be present and aware. Lately, I've been missing out on the now because I've been thinking of other things that can--should--be thought about later. Mulling over memories is a good endeavor, a necessary hobby. Yet the most important pastime is absorbing as much of life as I can while it happens. That's what makes the memories anyway.
Here's a photo that is completely unrelated to this post. It's one of my favorite layouts, "Life Artistes."
Last night around 10:45, I heard a minute or so of rumbling and loud crashing. I got my floodlight and went into the backyard, and yep......a large tree in my neighbor's yard had broken. It fell from his side on our mutual fence and landed in my backyard. When I look through the fence, I can't see any of his backyard. Huge tree trunk is nearly horizontal, and branches are everywhere. The section of the tree where Mr./Mrs. Hoots sit is still there, but it's out in the open more than it was before, so I am not sure if the owls will still consider my backyard their summer home.
A gentle reminder that yesterday was Earth Day, ya'll.
I'm so sad right now, so angry, so disappointed, so disheartened. No matter what a person's political affiliation, religion, skin color, or gender, this event is shedding light on more than one problem that needs to be addressed in this country. So many people have been affected by tragedy this year, and every time another incident happens, I feel more sadness and more anger. And then my next thought is, there but for the Grace of God, go we.