We were out shopping today, gathering last minute items for our Thanksgiving feast. My kids must have asked me seven times if I could "get" them this or "buy" them that. Each time I answered, nope! "Tomorrow is about being thankful for what you have."
They might not get it now...but they will understand one day. They will be thankful for family who stands by them, friends who love them no matter what, a hobby that bring them joy, experiences that help them grow. They will feel passionate about something in life...so much so, they will make it their calling. They will appreciate health and life because it can be so fleeting...
They will be thankful for tradition. Thanksgiving is an event around here. Our favorite day of the year. It starts at 6:00 am with deep frying turkeys. Think earmuffs, coats, bloody mary's, chatter and good friends.
It will be followed by a house full of people and a yummy dinner. A time to remember who we have lost and feel grateful we even knew them in the first place.
One day, my kids won't think so much about what they want. They will look at their own children and will teach them to be grateful...to honor tradition.
That thought fills me with so much gratitude...there aren't enough thank yous.