Its that time of year again when I thoughtfully collect myself and prepare for a new year in the classroom. Usually, I write about the summer days that sweep by at an accelerated speed compared to winter days. I reflect on the genuine freedom of spirit that flows in good weather and of course I rejoice in the extended time spent with my animals. Lately, I have been challenged by friends to post statements of gratitude as my Facebook status. The requests got me thinking; why not simply show everybody just how grateful I am for the summer of 2014.