Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Great (Grateful) Kids

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I have the urge to write something related to being thankful or turkey or pilgrims.  Something.

Reality check is I have twenty-four people showing up at my house in mere hours.  These people will want to be fed and sadly, the trough won't fill itself. (Party of 24, your feedbags are ready!)   There's also the house to clean.  And, I'm still catching up on the laundry I didn't do earlier in the week thanks to biz travel and a work week akin to being hazed.  (No sheep.) 

Sometimes you're the windshield and sometimes you're the bug.  This week I was the bug.

Long story well, longer, I really don't have time for blogging right now.  But here I am anyway.

As I just tucked my kids into bed I thought of something I do have time to share before it's time to put laundry load #8 into my fabulous LG SteamWasher. (Washing with water is so 1990's.)

Actually it's a blog topic I wrote about months ago, but I feel like it totally fits the occasion.

It's really about celebrating "Thanksgiving" every day (without having to sit with the top button of your pants undone.)

My kids and I have a "Secret" bedtime ritual. I've been sharing this exercise with nine-year old Miss M. for more than a year and recently started with Spiderman (age four) as well.

We share a nightly "gratitude list" with one another. This is typically framed by a simple question such as, "What were your favorite things about today?" We snuggle up close and quietly share all the good stuff of the day.

I'll admit to "leading the witness" a few times but it's become a wonderful way to emphasize appreciation for what we are so fortunate to be, do and have. My goal of course is to raise great, grateful kids.

My niner has heard The Secret by Rhonda Byrne on audio a few times by now.  So, she'll usually add in some extra universal sucking-up like, "I'm also thankful for our health... our happiness... and money and stuff."

Miss M. recently went through lengthy treatment for Lyme Disease and has had a heck of a time with it. I asked her if she really felt thankful for her health despite what she's been going through.

She replied, "Well, I'm really glad I know why I've been feeling so awful. And at least this is going to go away. Lots of kids have stuff that doesn't go away for like, ever."

This too shall pass. Special bedtime moments and yucky medicine too.

As you snuggle up with someone you love or alone with your thoughts, I hope you ponder all the good stuff in your life... and say, "Thank You."

Today, tomorrow and every day.

Carpe diem!

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TC said...

I know this is an old post but I was wondering how your daughter is doing with her lyme? I had it for months in 2005 but I'm OK now or what passes for OK.

Charlene said...

We caught it early so that seems to be key. The Dr's say she is "fine" although she's still complaining of fatigue... I'm thinking of taking her for a 2nd opinion. Something still isn't 100% right. But maybe it just takes time?

TC said...

They say you never recover completely, hate to tell you that but a child obviously will recover easier than an adult. There is some ratio to how long it takes to get back to normal. I'm probably 95% recovered but I have trouble with spoken words sometime.

Maricris Zen Mama said...

I will! Thank you and I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Everyday Mom Ideas said...

I thinks its impotant to reflect upon the good things at the end of the day. Way to focus on the positive.

Happy Turkey Day!

freegal1000 said...

Have the Happiest of Thanksgivings! Celebrating via SITS today...

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Hunter said...

Glad to hear there weren't any sheep involved. ;)

I try to do the nightly gratitude list too. Find it really adds perspective when I find myself starting to complain.

Happy Thanksgiving!

john said...

im thankful i have a friend like you and Im more thankful that you told me a bedtime story with Miss M then the birthing one. I was to see mine, oh man thats nasty :D

plainolebob said...

Charlene, thankful for way too much to put on here, thankful for winners that pass along their tips to help others, you are that winner.
Happy bday Miss M., and happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Sarah said...

I love that bedtime ritual. It's so positive. You're a great mom! Happy Birthday Ms. M!

Charlene said...

You guys ae the BEST.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

Meam Wye said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Best wishes for a life filled with happiness :)

Flory said...

Great nighttime ritual you have! Happy Thanksgiving!

Melissa B. said...

A Thanksgiving Limerick, DC-style:

I just heard that two turkeys’ demise
Was avoided, to their great surprise.
The big turkey in power,
In the eleventh hour,
Gave them pardon, along with the pies.

Hope you and yours have the Happiest!

Feeling Fit With Dana said...

I love your bedtime ritual. I keep a gratitude journal every day just so I don't forget how blessed I really am! Stopping by from SITS! said...

Had to laugh on the "windshield" comment. Great one!

Brittany at Mommy Words said...

We love to do our nightime good stuff lists too! Even at 3 I think it makes Sophia happy and helps her to callm down. I love some of the answers she gives too! Your kids sound awesome and like they are learning great lessons!

p.s. I was def. the bug this week too!

Mommakin said...

What a nice bedtime ritual!

lemonologie said...

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Visiting from SITS, and I've enjoyed the reading!

The Guy's Perspective said...

Living in the moment is key....with reflective moments.

Of course now I have to ask my kids that question with a qualifier: "What was your favorite thing about the day, not including recess or lunch?"

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