We hope that everyone remained safe and dry throughout last Friday’s flooding. After several weeks of unseasonably warm weather, we were treated to relief all at once as it were. A part of wisdom seems to imply knowing when to be thankful for what, and disasters provide us each with an unchosen opportunity for reflection. That people perished in this flood and that property has been destroyed and altogether lost is a tragedy, but there is also gratitude for that fact that it was not worse. “When it comes to life,” wrote G.K. Chesterton, “the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.” Our thanks goes out to the hundreds of first responders in Fort Collins and Larimer County, among them the firemen, police, sheriff’s deputies, state patrolmen, and national guardsmen who turned out to do their jobs with quiet, but dutiful professionalism.