Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thankful

Last week, a Noggin cartoon character prompted a discussion on being thankful. Chloe turned to Chip and said, "I'm thankful for yooOOUU, Daddy!" Chip melted into a puddle and we both agreed it was the cutest thing ever.

On Thanksgiving Day, I wanted to prompt another discussion on thankfulness, but didn't want anyone to feel left out by Chloe's clear preference for her Daddy. I told the group that we needed to say what we were thankful for, but up front we needed to agree that we are all thankful for friends and family, and also for Barack Obama. I was trying to encourage creativity!

Chip was thankful for sushi. My MIL and I were thankful that we live in the United States. My FIL was able to stick to the no-friends-and-family rule, but couldn't stop himself from being thankful for Obama and the hope he brings.

My kids were the opposite - they wanted us to know how much we were loved. They did, however, attempt to follow the rules. Connor just pointed his finger around the circle when asked what he was thankful for, and Chloe ran around giving everyone hugs. But they never said "family," so technically they followed directions for once.

I didn't say it on Thursday, but I think it's safe to say that I'm thankful for my kids' sweet creativity.

1 comment:

plane leroy said...

can I say that I LOVE to live vicariously through the chocolates. your commitment to putting your life down on paper / pixel (er, you know what I mean) is incredible and a true inspiration. Your ability to capture and share these moments is a gift and I'm thankful for it. The monkey's will DEFINITELY appreciate this a few years down the road. And the fact that I know and love ya makes the reading all that more worthwhile. so, a thousand times over I say, Thanks.