It is in the early quiet moments of the day that I recharge myself. Cup of strong English tea by my side, pup on my lap, I write in my journal or read an inspiring book. Sometimes I daydream as I watch the world pass by my window or the sun slowly illuminate my neighbor’s trees. I whisper gratitudes for this life of tumult and grace. Where else would I be but here among family and friends today, celebrating my country and my world?