Today we got such good news that we had to go out for dinner tonight to show our gratitude and appreciation.
Appreciation can mean thankfulness - and we were thankful. But appreciation means something else, too. It means noticing the value of something with some precision. It means enjoying the details.
It's possible to get good news and get right back to work. It's not a good plan. It means that you have failed to enjoy or appreciate something of value to you. It makes it easier to miss out on something valuable next time.
We ate our way from micro brewery ale and baked brie through gingery scallops to lemon cheesecake. We were sleepy and happy. We laughed and talked and hoped together.
We celebrated good news today.