Today we raked thousands of maple leaves. Thousands? Maybe a million. How many leaves can you rake in 3-4 hours? Definitely a million. As we raked, ruined our gloves, contemplated the next day's painful muscles, and had whole bunch of self pity - we stopped for a moment. We were thankful that it was just simple leaves we were raking. Our thoughts went to our other home of state of California and the terrible losses residents there are enduring because of the horrific fires. They're not raking leaves but instead are spending their day picking through the remnants of their homes... their lives.
Our hearts are with you California, get well soon.