Gratitude Monday

I spend quite a bit of time parked along the south bank of the Clark Fork River as it passes under Higgins Bridge downtown. Julia has a part-time gig at Betty’s Divine, and, as we are currently operating on one vehicle between us, some days she works I take her to work and then pick her up later. It is an opportunity to sit and read, get out and walk, and even just watch the water. I love it, and I’m grateful I am able to live in such a beautiful city. There are surfers and kayakers playing on the waves. Fishermen casting for trout. Walkers, joggers, and bikers of all ages and fitness levels sharing the trail. Wildlife too: just a couple days ago I watched an osprey dive-bomb from the sky, submerge, and emerge with a fish in its claws. Beautiful.

I do my best not to take it for granted.

Image shot via iPhone through a rain-spattered windshield
Image shot via iPhone through a rain-spattered windshield

Author: Chris

Chris La Tray is a writer, a walker, and a photographer. He is an enrolled member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians and lives in Missoula, MT.

5 thoughts on “Gratitude Monday”

  1. We all have a lot to be grateful for and sometimes it’s hard to stop and just…appreciate. It was a really beautiful day here in Portland today and I got outside for a couple of hours, planting in the garden, taking a walk, sitting in the sun watching the birds. So relaxing, so good for the soul.

    1. I know what Portland is like on a beautiful day. I envy you! We are supposed to have some nice weather headed our way. I can hardly wait for it to get here. . . .

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