CORNER WINDOW by Jeff Hartzer
#011: November, 2007
From our Corner Window this month we can begin to see how no matter how gloomy the world gets, there really is something positive to be experienced by saying, believing, and embracing the two words THANK and YOU. And what better month to “get into it with thanks” than November?
While finding it difficult to thank the universe for tornados, hurricanes, volcanos, tsunamis and the plague, there is often truth to be found in that adage that as one door slams in your face another one opens in the basement. Thank you for insurance. Thank you for all those happy times before our house burned to the ground. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the memories. Thank you for the new dawn that comes no matter what went before it.
Thank you for cottonwood leaves, aspen trees, and for the austere beauty of twilight time in New Mexico. Thank you for hot air balloons and the sparkle of the winter constellations. Thank you for prairie dogs, bunnies, and water-splashed acequias; cheerleaders, first downs, and the Lobos. Thank you for generic Prozac, doctors, and nurses. Thank you for the good priests and empathetic nuns. Thank you for Victoria’s Secret and Bob’s Burgers. Thank you for turkey legs, cranberry sauce, first snow, movies, and popcorn. Thank you for Dick Cheney and no national military draft. Thank you for rain, mists, fog, and humidity.
Thank you for the morning sun and the yellow moon in the arms of bare cottonwoods. Thank you for the songs of whoopers and sandhill cranes. Thank you for new sidewalks and for equestrian pedestrians making their way through the Valley. Thank you for the gloom burning off El Kookooee and the falling leaves now turning to mulch and loam. Thank you for your old letters left behind. Thank you for all our relations. Thanks for the Sunday comics and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. When the ice caps melt, thank you for this high desert we live in.
Thank you for healed wounds and soldiers who survived the war. Thankyou for the fuel to fill our nations jet fighters and passenger planes. Thank you for the kingfisher’s flight over the Rio Grande. Thank you for paid-off Visa cards and for the shopping days left until Santa pops out of the fireplace. Thank you for our new Wal-Mart and ever-present need to “shop ‘til we drop” to support our failing greenbacks. Thank you for power tools, go-karts, barbed wire, and healthy cattle. Thank you for flying geese and Rasband dairy delights. Thank you for all surviving pollinators and for the air we breathe.
Thank you for the South Vallery Ink and for teachers teaching truths and test strategies. Thank you for anyone who is not in it for the money. Thank you for the political pundits and soap-boxed leaders of the world. Thank you for no big forest fires this past spring. Thank you for the cars not driven by drunken drivers. Thank you for the filmmakers now roosting in our Enchanted Lands. Thank you for our abilities to write, to sing, and to play; thank you for feeding our deep inner need to do each of those things. Thank you for our fathers, mothers, grandparents, and favorite uncles and aunties. Thank you for our continued ability to move forward in our live, for new seasons, and for both the light and the dark. Thank you for death, taxes, and the newly born. Thank you for taking time out to say, “Thank you.” Thank you for thanks giving and ... Thank You.
Jeff Hartzer © 2007