I have been thinking a lot about gratitude this month. I have seen a bunch of my friends on Facebook participating in a daily “I am thankful for” activity. Sometimes, I get so caught up in the day to day existing that I forget to be really grateful. So, to my five kids:
1. Thank you for the knee deep clutter in your room. I am glad we are able to afford those toys, books and warm bedding.
2. Thank you for asking me to drive you all over town. The time we spend in the car is often the only time we get one on one time to really talk.
3. Thank you for waking me up in the middle of the night with bad dreams or sickness. It is good to be needed.
4. Thank you for the hours of homework we do together each week. I am so proud of the improvement you have made this year.
5. Thank you for the “ick” of childhood. I used to be such a gagger. Now, I think I could handle anything.
6. Thank you for wondering about so many things, even embarrassing ones.. My mental faculties will never rust while you are in the house.
7. Thank you for challenging every one of my requests. You have made me think about really matters and which battles are really worth fighting.
8. Thank you for quoting stupid movies and commercials. Hearing you giggle together is music to my ears.
9. Thank you for expecting three meals a day. If it weren’t for you, I wouldn’t be able to indulge my love of cooking and baking.
10. Thank you for asking that you be allowed to dress yourself, wear your hair a certain way, or even administer your own shots. My job is to get you ready to function on your own. These are steps in that direction.
11. Thank you for whining about anything new. It makes me realize how much you need consistency.
12. Thank you for all speaking at once, for forgetting to tell me about things you need for school until the night before, for having three activities scheduled on the same night. You have taught me organizational skills no university could teach.
13. Thank you for the wet, sloppy kiss, for holding up the “I love you” hand sign as I drive away, for the picture you drew for me when you were supposed to be listening to your teacher, and for every other way you make my investment in you worth while.