One Year of Gratitude—Day 57

Photo by Sandis Helvigs on Unsplash. Thank you, Sandis!

Edited 8/29/17 at 12:03pm: I accidentally gave this the wrong title when I originally wrote it.

Today, the high temperature will be 71º in Manchester, CT. I love this weather. It feels like fall. I think it is fair to say that the sun is setting on our summer. I am reminded of Joe Fox, Tom Hanks’ character in the movie You’ve Got Mail. He said he autumn in New York City made him want to buy school supplies. I know I have written about fall a couple of times. However, it bears repeating that fall in New England makes me want to listen to Vince Guaraldi music. That is what I am doing as I write this.

When I speak of New England to friends and family back home, I mention the changing seasons. Each one brings about a transformation in the landscape. I love going for a drive or a hike in the fall. The leaves in the trees are beautiful during that season. Burnt reds, oranges, and yellows are fall’s predominant colors. Then we see flocked trees in the winter. Spring then rolls around and introduces us to white, pink and lavender blossoms. Then summer is green as far as the eyes can see. Nature’s dynamic color palette never ceases to amaze me.

New England offers other great natural gifts. In a single day, we can visit the mountains, the beach, and a major city. Boston is ninety minutes to our east. New York City is two hours southwest. The Berkshire Mountains are an hour north. The White Mountains are just two hours northeast. The beaches are an hour south.

Each of the areas mentioned in the last paragraph is culturally different, too. These cultures introduce us to varying points of view. They show us new foods to try. They offer a different perspective on ways to live our lives. I can use a little more perspective in my life.

So, today I am grateful to be in an area that offers so much. New England is such a great place to live and raise a family.

And that is your gratitude for today.

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