I lay awake at 2.36 a.m. and got to thinking that time spent marveling is better than time spent sighing.
I yawned luxuriously, and it struck me, slowly, sleepily, that I was grateful for my mouth –
for my upper and lower lip,
my upper and lower jaw,
my 27 teeth (sans wisdom teeth and the one I sacrificed to the roasted banana gods). Thank you for my tongue, my salivary glands, the hard and soft parts of the roof of my mouth, and for my uvula.
Thank you for my nose – my nose hairs, my septum, my columella and sinuses.
Thank you for ears – my lobes, my pinna – which is my reading glasses holder, and my wet-willy canal. Thanks for my ear drum, hammer, stapes, and anvil. Thanks that I no longer grow mushrooms in my ears.
I am thankful for my eyes – my upper and lower eye-lids, my lashes, and eye-brows. Thank you for my iris, my cornea, my optic nerve and disc, my aqueous and vitreous humors, my fovea, my caruncle, and my retina.
Thank you for my brain’s frontal, temporal, parietal, and occipital lobes; my corpus callosum, my septum, amygdala, and pituitary gland; my sulci & gyri; my Broca’s area and Wernicke’s area, my white and grey matter; my hypothalamus, pineal gland, hippocampus, and reticular activating system; my pons, my medulla, my cerebellum
My peduncle, my great-uncle…
Sorry if I forgot any parts… or put them… in the… wrong… place… snore…