Gratefulness for three things per day for twenty-one days.
- that unlike most adults in the world, I am not lactose intolerant. Because most adults in China are lactose intolerant, cheese is not common. One of the only cheeses I could buy when I lived in Beijing was Dubliner. Fortunately for me, I love Dubliner cheese, I must have eaten 10 kilograms of it during the five months I lived in Beijing.
- for socks. My toes are almost always cold. More than once, my ankles have been so hot that they are sweating, but my toes were cold.
- This exercise is harder each day. I just looked around me to find something, and I started to write about my awesome backpack, but then I remembered that I already mentioned it.
- for poetry. e.e. cummings changed how I thought about writing and language. Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley is powerful. And Tennyson captured some of the most complex and incomprehensible emotions: the bravery and stupidity of war, and the inseparability of love and grief.