• This is the second time in three trips that Ivonne and I have had the opportunity to wander around an alien city in the pouring rain.  To be fair, our first sojourn in Kyoto wasn’t necessarily flooding on a biblical scale mind you, but Yokohama’s Chinatown was the most rain we’ve been out and about in since being here.  I’m extremely thankful for this pattern emerging.
  • I’m grateful for disappointments turned to surprises.  The capricious brilliance of fish jumping in the bay, the majesty of the Yokohama Landmark Tower soaked with fog and night, to the elongated dignity of the Yokohama train station, and finally the whimsical wonder on Ivonne’s face in the Miyazaki store:  These things made baseball seem like a trifle.  These were the creations of immediate intimacy, things we’ll remember with fondness, together.  I’m so thankful for being afforded that opportunity.
  • I’m thankful that my lady found us some of the best sushi we’ve ever had.  Period.  And to think it came from a rotation joint.
  • I’m grateful for the opportunity to spend a few days alone with Ivonne in Kyoto by ourselves, and that Bee was more than willing to watch Reza for us.  To have that kind of amazing family – not only to entertain and host – but to trust with our only child is a gift to be celebrated.
  • To see and feel and witness one of the most recognizable and transcendent places in the world was a treasure, even more so because it was even more special to her.
  • I’m thankful that she was able to find the god damned waffle hut at the Kyoto train station.  They didn’t taste as wonderful as I remember, but the look on her face was better than I could have hoped for.
  • I’m thankful that I can recognize the work I’ve put in when I see pictures of myself now.  I’m not close to where I need to be, but I’m on my path, and I can appreciate that.  It’s a start.
  • She reached for me today.  A lot, even when she knew I was down.  I couldn’t ask for more.

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