October 10, 2008

As an unofficial spokesperson for gratitude, even I forget to give thanks for what I have. Luckily, I have friends to remind me and put things into perspective. My friend Debby shared a poem on her site that reflects, she said, “the potential for us all to be grateful even when life is difficult.”

As I struggled to hit some deadlines this week while fighting bouts of cramps and bad allergies, I just kept telling myself, “I am lucky to have work. I am lucky that my body is functioning the way it should. I am lucky to be breathing.”

by G.E. Patterson

I had everything and luck: Rings of smoke
blown for me; sunlight safe inside the leaves
of cottonwoods; pure, simple harmonies
of church music, echoes of slave songs; scraps
of candy wrappers — airborne. Everything.
Mother and father, brother, aunts, uncles;
chores and schoolwork and playtime. Everything.

I was given gloves against winter cold.
I was made to wear gloves when I gardened.
I was made to garden; taught to hold forks
in my left hand when cutting, in my right
when bringing food to my mouth. Everything.

I had clothes I was told not to wear outside;
a face you could clean up almost handsome;
I had friends to fight with and secrets, spread
all over the neighborhood; the best teachers,
white and colored. I’m not making this up.
I knew that I had everything. Still do.


  1. Swirly says:

    I. Love. This.

    [And you too.]

  2. machiko says:

    hey christine!

    i volunteer for 826la and i just saw the wallet designs that you and rama made. so beautiful! i am most definitely going to echo park to get one (:

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