• Carla Sofia Ferreira

A Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (in February)

Updated: Jan 27

Title is shamelessly stolen from Ross Gay's amazing poetry book of the same title which y'all should read! And the list itself is inspired by Chen Chen's own list of thank you's here.

Growing up, I learned plenty of unhealthy coping mechanisms to deal with stress and trauma. Expressing gratitude, however, has been one of the few ways in which I have sought joy, no matter the circumstances. So, I'd like to come back to it in writing from time to time and I'll share it here.

Thank you to:

  • my students, first and foremost, every day

  • Kristin Garth for writing and reading this beautiful poem

  • mandarin oranges being just the right amount of sweetness

  • the lines in Ariana Grande's "7 Rings": "Been through some bad shit, I should be a sad bitch / Who woulda thought it'd turn me to a savage?"

  • the coworker who gave me 2 (!!) Ferrero-Rocher's this morning

  • Moonshadow, for being the most mischievous & adorable of all possible cats

  • friends near and far, sending me text messages that make me chortle

  • myself, for not giving up when my serotonin levels encouraged me otherwise, and for all the wonderful mistakes I've made

last but not least, this Hufflepuff mug!


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