Just a few of the things I give thanks for today:
The Trinity Trails.
A hometown that remembers its past
and records that past
and restores that past (courthouse dome restored in 2012).
Dogs (at the Stockyards)
and cats (Deran Wright sculpture on the Tarrant County Administration Building lawn on East Weatherford Street).
with its flora
and its fauna.
and trains (Grapevine Vintage Railroad engine no. 2248, built in 1896)
and automobiles (1920 Texan).
Artists in glass (Christ the King Episcopal Church on Lackland Road).
Artists in stone (John Peter Smith on Jennings Avenue).
Artists in metal (Mark Twain in Trinity Park).
Artists in paint (mural on the wall of the Paris Coffee Shop on West Magnolia Avenue).
Artists in clay (mural at the Intermodal Transportation Center depicting African-American history in Fort Worth by Paula Blincoe Collins).
and a horn section (daily cattle drive on East Exchange Avenue).
The people who dress in white (St. Joseph Hospital).
The people who dress in blue (Niles City).
The people who dress in olive drab (Camp Bowie’s 36th Division in 1918).
A childhood with good schools (Harmony Baptist Church [kindergarten], D. McRae Elementary, William James Junior High, Poly High School)
and good teachers (Alma Pool, sixth grade; Dorothy Estes, eleventh grade, freshman and sophomore years in college)
and good parents.
Happy Thanksgiving, y’all.