January Gratitude List: Part 3

by Dian Reid-Jancic· Follow Dian on

The air was a crisp 60-ish degrees and the sun glistened on the ocean’s surface, creating a low yellow fire road directly back to it. We lay a bright red and blue beach towel across the grass on the bluff and sit in silence as life goes on around us. A man throws a ball to a brownish orangish dog who fetches and returns it immediately. A child kicks a rubber ball past his brother and plays keep away while parents laugh with a watchful eye at a close-by picnic table. A couple cuddles 45 degrees behind us and I smile inside as they wrap their arms around each other in my peripheral vision. I scoot closer to the Wildcat, nuzzling my arm to her side and kiss her cheek. A soft whisper: Baby, I just love you. Was it her or me who just spoke?

I suppose it doesn’t matter.

The sun creeps deeper into the horizon and I snap one last photo, which turns out to be four or five, wanting to capture the last sliver of sunlight as it slips out of sight. I wonder if the sun thinks as highly of the earth as the earth thinks of the sun. I wonder if she thinks as highly of me as I think of her. I think we must.

A noticeable drop in temperature moves the Wildcat and I closer together as we gaze out to the changing colors of the sky. Are you having a good time? I ask. She smiles. Relaxed, she says with her eyes, Baby, I just love you.

I can think of nothing I’m more grateful for so far this year.

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  • Anonymous

    This post is gorgeous! Both the pictures and the beautiful sentiment. Love it! I can’t believe how beautiful it has been lately. We are so lucky to live in So Cal, right?

    • Thanks! And yes, we ARE lucky to live in So Cal =) Part of the reason I have “watching 4 sunsets” on my bucket list is to take full advantage living in this awe inspiring beautiful place.

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