Today, I am grateful for presidents and most especially for George Washington, who rejected the offer to be king. Washington was a gentleman cut from the finest cloth. Following the battle of Georgetown in early October 1777, a dog with a name tag on its collar identifying it as the property of British General William Howe, fell into American hands. General Washington found out, dictated a letter to Howe via his aide-de-camp Alexander Hamilton, and sent the dog back to its owner under a white flag of truce. A copy of the letter resides with George Washington's papers. Washington loved animals of all kinds, especially dogs. While a love of dogs isn't a prerequisite for being president, it's interesting how many presidents--good and bad--were suckers for pairs of big brown eyes and furry wagging tails.
And yes, I could carry that last line into jokedom, but I won't out of respect for Mr. Washington.
Today, I am grateful for the weather that has brought us sun and warmth, at least for today.
Today, I am grateful for coffee.
Today, I am grateful for friends on the internet who send me nice notes when I need them most.
Today, I am grateful for ink.
Today, I am grateful for this lamp, which now lives in my library.
What are you grateful for today?