This ‘n’ That: The giving of thanks

By Collette Armijo

The city of Santa Fe has been getting some of my monthly attention. Now that I’m working on a secret project, which requires me there once a month until May 2015, I’m certainly finding my way around a bigger city. On my last trip, though the sights and delights were a welcomed change to quiet Raton, I longed to be back home. The hustle and bustle of the 3-laned major roads such as Cerillos and St. Francis seemed, to me, to be filled with discourteous and  thoughtless drivers.

On my drive back North, perhaps together with the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, I was filled with immense gratitude. The sunset was also beautiful with everything delicately frosted over with snow. It got me to thinking that I should proclaim a Thankful Tribute.

I am thankful for two eyes, two ears, two nostrils,  two lips, two  arms, two hands, two legs and two feet. Some have only one and there are those who have none.

I am thankful for my family that they are happy, healthy, alive and able to survive. I am especially thankful for my husband – my companion and my bestie.

I am thankful for the friends that came, friends that went, friends that are yet to come and most of all those who stuck it out and who I can count on no matter what.

I am thankful for being a part of a community that embraced myself and my daughter – these two island girls. Though the fondness of my homeland is irreplaceable, I am ever so proud to call Raton my home.

I am thankful for my job, as there are many are without. It is a joy to work in a cozy environment. I am fortunate to work with a husband and wife couple who are caring, understanding, fair, honest and full of integrity. My one and only colleague is also appreciated for her wit, charm and dedication.

I am thankful for lessons learnt in life – the good and the not so good

Most of all I am thankful to live in a part of the world that is rich with breathtakingly beautiful landscape. Only the blind would not realize that God kisses this terrain each day with unique sunrises at dawn and enchanting sunsets in the evening.

What are you thankful for?

—<em>Colette Armijo was born and raised in the twin island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago. She moved to Raton from the Caribbean in 2013 and enjoys the daily thrills of her new life in the Land of Enchantment</em>