I’m grateful it’s Christmas eve.

I’m grateful for family I’m missing today. They gathered tonight as they always have at the house that used to belong to my grandparents, and now my brother, as they always have and perhaps always will, in a crowd that’s pretty much always twenty something people these days.

I am grateful for my kids.

I am grateful for Coop’s sock puppet show he put on for Farley.

I am grateful for a swim with coop and farl.

I am grateful for a fancy dinner we made ourselves.

I am grateful for stockings hung by the chimney with care, and everything all set for Christmas morning.

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