a month of thanksgiving – day twenty-seven

Today I am thankful for the ability to see.  The daylight savings time ended a few weeks ago and with it brought shorter days.   It’s now getting dark at around 5:30 p.m. at night.  This has affected my time out at the stable.  I’ve been riding one night during the week at 5:30 p.m. and then helping close down the barn after my class.  This usually entails filling water troughs out in the pastures for the horses overnight.  Well, now that it is pitch dark when I do this, heading out to the pastures, checking and filling water troughs hasn’t been so easy.  It now requires a flashlight which the first couple of times I did this I didn’t have.  It’s made me realize how much I rely on my sight each and every day.  Without it I’d be lost.  So today I’m grateful that I do not live in darkness all the time, that I have healthy eyes (astigmatism aside) and can get through my day unaided by walking sticks or counting steps.  It is truly a blessing that I can see to take care of myself, to do what I need to do, and so that I can view all the beautiful things in this magnificent world… like the horses…

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