It's after 9 pm - about 12 hours later than I've been posting most of my "thankfulness" series.
It was a crazy-busy day, half of it spent on the road, which leads me to what I'm thankful for today: reliable transportation.
I got in and out of that van a bazillion times today. Each time I put the key back into the ignition and turned it, it started on cue. Ripping down the expressway, there was no shimmy, shake or weird noise coming from the engine. The cruise control worked, the radio blared, and I got from point A to point B (and C, D, E and F) in comfort and on time.
I didn't have to wait in the rain or schedule a full day to take the bus, which is good, considering one destination would have been impossible to reach by bus. I didn't have to feed and harness horses; fortunate, because the number of miles I covered today would have taken two or three days by horse and wagon. I didn't have to jumpstart the battery, stop and fill a leaky radiator somewhere along the way, make sure the muffler was still attached via a jimmy-rigged wire hanger, or change a flat tire. I stopped at traffic lights and continued again when it was green.
Tomorrow, more than likely, I'll get up early, put the key back in and give it a turn, and the engine will instantly roar to life, ready for another day on chauffer duty.
And one of these days, it'll take me to a point G, where I can forget about points A-F for a while. Vroom, vroom!
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