I am feeling especially thankful this week.
Time spent with my kids reminds me what really good eggs they are. Funny, smart, loyal and good. I think it is a measure of a truly blessed family when you can honestly say these are the people I would choose to spend my time with even if I wasn't bound by blood.
It was a good week for speeches that renewed my pride in America. The pen really is mightier than the sword as playwright Edward Bulwer-Lytton first told us in 1839. Best lines of the week:
When there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit. HRC
I am asking you to join me to reject cynicism, reject fear, to summon what's best in us. Barrack Obama
When they go low, we go high. Michelle Obama
But the quotes that moved me the most came from the father of fallen war hero, Humayum Khan.
Have you even read the United States' Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy. Look for the words liberty and equal protection of law.
You have sacrificed nothing and no one. Khizr Khan
Words matter. They hold the power to build up or to tear down. They hold the power to move us to tears and move us to action. I am extremely grateful for the words of passion and encouragement I heard this week. They make me want to be better.
I had my first day of work for the 2016-17 school year this week. After all these years I still get a little thrill out of new school supplies. As I began moving pertinent information from last year's planner onto the snow white pages of this year's, I couldn't help but feel excitement about the potential each of those unmarked days holds. Come on back, kids! I am ready for us to get to work.