Maybe it’s because the brisk fall air promises that Thanksgiving will soon be here, but I always find it easier to count my blessings in the autumn. And now that I’m in that metaphorically autumnal season of life, I more often recall with gratitude all the teachers who’ve given of themselves so that I could have the pleasure of learning. Today I’m thankful for:
- My mom, who taught me the names of colors, so I can describe the leaves
- My elementary teachers, who invited me to learn the names of the trees by assigning leaf collections
- My high school teachers, who taught me about the pigments in leaves and the process of photosynthesis
- My college chemistry teachers, who taught me that leaves have colors because leaf pigments absorb and reflect light at different wavelengths…and the physics teachers who explained why the sky is blue, making a perfect backdrop.
- My kids, who taught me that no matter how much of that other stuff you’ve learned, the greatest pleasure offered by leaves is jumping into a big, freshly-raked pile of them.
Enjoy your weekend.
- Grateful for All The Lessons (jonathanhilton.com)