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.