I watched a movie this morning called Chop Shop and although it was fiction, it really moved me.  The cinematography was so present with such an in-the-moment-no-frills style that it made it all the more real.  This film was released in 2008, and is about Alejandro, a tough and ambitious Latino street orphan on the verge of adolescence.  He lives and works in an auto-body repair shop in a sprawling junkyard on the outskirts of Queens, New York. In this chaotic world of adults, young Alejandro struggles to make a better life for himself and his 16-year-old sister, Isamar (  Filled with excellent performances, Ramin Bahrani's deft sophomore effort is a heartfelt, hopeful neorealist look at the people who live in the gritty underbelly of New York City (rotton tomatoes).   

After watching, I felt the need to make a list. A grateful list.  Not for my whole life, this year, this week, and not even for this whole day. Just right now.  This very second.  I am grateful for the little things. My cup of coffee. Neviyah's tiny feet resting on my leg as she dreams. Alia having just worked side-by-side with me as I straightened the kitchen and wait for my coffee to get finished. Fin and Zebra (our finches) for their beautiful morning songs. 



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